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Dow Jones Africa Bureau Chief in South Africa

Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal is looking for an energetic, experienced and ambitious journalist to lead its coverage of Africa.

It is a crucial moment for the continent. African economies have been among the hardest hit by the global slowdown, raising fears of a sovereign debt crisis. A string of coups from Sudan to Mali has dampened the optimism of citizens' uprisings and opened the door to foreign mercenary groups.

Africa accounts for a tiny part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions—just 3.8%. But the continent is set to feel a disproportionate impact from climate change. In places like the Sahel and Nigeria’s green belt, the shifts are contributing to armed conflict.

We are looking for a skilled writer and correspondent who will lead from the front, covering major stories while also guiding a team of talented reporters.

You will:

  • Be in charge of coverage across the entire continent of Africa, home to roughy 18% of the world's people.

  • Oversee a team of three reporters.

  • Work closely with colleagues in bureaus around the world.

You have:

  • A global view and the ability to coordinate and inspire coverage of Africa in a broad global context.

  • A high news metabolism and sound judgment.

  • Experience producing in-depth enterprise work.

The position ideally will be based in Johannesburg and will report to World Coverage Chief Gordon Fairclough.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and at least five clips. Please contact if you have questions.

The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.

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Business Area: NEWS/WSJ

Job Category: News/Editorial Group

Union Status:

Non-Union / A clear and likely internal candidate

Since 1882, Dow Jones has been finding new ways to bring information to the world’s top business entities. Beginning as a niche news agency in an obscure Wall Street basement, Dow Jones has grown to be a worldwide news and information powerhouse, with prestigious brands including The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch and Financial News.

This longevity and success is due to a relentless pursuit of accuracy, depth and innovation, enhanced by the wisdom of past experience and a solid grasp on the future ahead. More than its individual brands, Dow Jones is a modern gateway to intelligence, with innovative technology, advanced data feeds, integrated solutions, expert research, award-winning journalism and customizable apps and delivery systems to bring the information that matters most to customers, when and where they need it, every day.

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Req ID: 36087