Breaking News Reporter – New York (Financial Times)

The role

We are looking for a reporter to join the breaking news team in New York. The breaking news desk, which spans the world with operations in London and Hong Kong as well as New York, runs the FT’s successful daily live blogs. It also writes and edits the first take on big breaking stories.

The desk ensures that the first take on major news stories gets online quickly, either as a standalone article or as a post on our daily live blog. The blog runs 24 hours a day during the week, and covers all the main political, economic and corporate developments, as well as movements in financial markets.

Sometimes when there is a big rolling story, such as a market crisis or during the invasion of Ukraine, we run a dedicated blog and the breaking news desk will marshal rapid updates from across the FT network.

We are looking for a collaborative reporter and editor who can work well with the rest of the breaking news team and with the FT’s correspondents around the world. The three-person team in New York focuses on stories from the US and other parts of America, but also frequently deals with stories that break late in the day in Europe.

The role would suit an all-rounder, as comfortable on corporate and market stories as on political and economic news, who gets excited by working on the big story whatever that may be. Experience of live blogging would be beneficial, but is not essential; the job can work for an experienced journalist or for someone early in their career.


Key requirements:

  • Spot what stories are likely to be of interest to FT readers
  • Write short articles on a variety of topics and be prepared to build out to long pieces
  • Edit copy quickly and accurately
  • Comfortable with topics from financial market moves, economic data and M&A deals to geopolitics and elections
  • Help to run the daily live blog, including writing headlines and choosing images, graphics and video clips
  • Cover live events such as speeches or conferences
  • Start time of 6.30am eastern time to cover breaking corporate, economic and political stories

Please submit your application by the end of the day, Wednesday 31st January 2024.


Salary range

A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $85,000 to $95,000. To ensure pay fairness, the successful candidate will be offered a salary within the estimated salary range based on a number of considerations including but not limited to: skill set; experience and training; certifications; and other business and organisational needs. The disclosed range estimate is for our NYC office and has not been adjusted for other locations.



Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.


How we work

Our hybrid setup means staff are expected to come into the office 3 days a week. Our New York office is located on Hudson Street between Greenwich Village and Soho.

This position is represented by the News Guild.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs.

Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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