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WSJ seeks a reporter to cover North Africa

December 10, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking an insightful and resilient correspondent, based in Cairo, to cover change in North Africa.

The region in recent years has become a bellwether for a tumultuous Middle East, and so the person in this job would have an eye for opportunities to tell big stories for our global readership.

The pursuit of such stories may take the reporter to Libya, a war-torn country that is experimenting with democracy and remains a significant supplier to global energy markets. Or Tunisia, the seedbed for the Arab Spring but now where a moderate brand of political Islam is taking root even as the remnants of extremist groups filter back home from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

The bulk of the job would focus on the region’s most populous country, Egypt, a pivotal player in the region’s affairs but one grappling with a sputtering economy and a vicious insurgency. We are also looking for a versatile journalist who can range widely across the entire Middle East, jumping into stories in the Gulf, Levant and beyond when needed.

You will take a global view, leveraging the ability to coordinate and inspire coverage of North Africa in a broad context. You must work closely with colleagues in other regions, notably Washington, to identify how the events in North Africa fit into a bigger geopolitical picture.

This can be a greatly rewarding assignment, but not an easy one. You should have foreign reporting experience, ideally from the region, as well as working knowledge of Arabic or French. Hostile environment training is also desirable.

To apply, go here.

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