The Wall Street Journal is seeking a Rome-based reporter to cover the Vatican and general Italian news – a crucial role covering one of the world’s most powerful institutions, while also delving into the deep changes sweeping Italy in the wake of the Eurozone crisis.
The reporter’s primary responsibility will be to cover the Vatican and the momentous changes Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church worldwide. A successful candidate must be able to give meaning and breadth to spot coverage of the church while also conceptualizing and executing sweeping stories on a range of topics, including the reform of the Vatican’s Roman bureaucracy, the ongoing shake-up of the Vatican Bank, the role of women in the church and the pedophilia scandals. The job will require close coordination with bureaus around the world to bring to life the myriad challenges facing the Catholic Church in the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere in Europe.
While the core beat revolves around the Vatican, the job requires the flexibility and willingness to also jump in on a range of general news stories in Italy, spanning from Italian politics to immigration policy to Silvio Berlusconi’s judicial travails. The reporter must work closely with colleagues across the Continent in our continuing coverage of the Eurozone crisis.
The beat provides ample opportunity to write for all WSJ and DJX platforms, ranging from scoops and breaking news to leders, profiles, aheds and other features. Candidates must demonstrate strong reporting skills, including an ability to break news, and must speak fluent Italian.
Job Location: Rome, Italy
Application deadline: Thursday 19th December 2013