The Bureau announces search for a new managing editor


After successfully guiding the Bureau through the last eighteen months, Christopher Hird is stepping down from his appointment as interim Editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Under his stewardship, the Bureau has established a reputation for investigating important issues with rigour, integrity and quality.

Building on this base, the Trustees of the Bureau are now looking to grow and develop the organisation by researching new models for in-depth journalism through the use of new technologies, web-search processes and the establishment of new audiences.

To support these goals, the Trustees announce that a search is underway for the appointment of a new dynamic editor with the insight and skills to lead and fulfil these goals.

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The Bureau is the only not-for-profit, philanthropically-funded investigative journalism unit in the UK. In a world of financially-stretched news rooms and instantly reactive digital media, where scandals are often quickly forgotten or complex stories ignored, the need for an organisation that constantly probes the structures of power and the abuses of that power is clearly needed.

The Bureau’s stories have won several awards for their uncompromising journalism and have been covered in both UK and foreign media outlets including the BBC and the Guardian newspaper, the New York Times and the FT.

Current editor, Christopher Hird, was brought into the Bureau in early 2013 to draw on his wealth of experience in print, television and documentary film making in order to establish firm structures and solid methods of investigation.

Hird said: ‘I have had a fantastic time at the Bureau since I arrived in January 2013, working with a great team and helping put the Bureau back on the journalistic map. But I think the time is now right to hand it over to someone who will lead it for the next period of development and growth.’

Chair of the Trust James Lee said: ‘Christo has done a great job, for which we owe him thanks. He has prepared the way and made it possible for us to take the next great leap forward. This is an exciting challenge for an ambitious journalist, who has the editorial instincts and experience of conventional investigative journalism as well as the will and the ability to grasp the opportunities created by new technology.’

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Responses to this story

  • Rachel Oldroyd says:

    May 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

    We are a small organisations and I am afraid we are unable to look at individual cases and stories. The Bureau covers issues where there are clear systemic issues.

  • Lucy says:

    May 21, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Dear BIJ
    We are writing to urgently call on your journalist bureau to arrange a meeting ASAP with us we are a collective of residents at Clapham junction WINSTANLEY estate and are reporting the experiences of our MASTERPLAN CONSULTATION process as being a complete farce, this is current and we have a group of residents who own their freehold so the council will need to take us to the European courts please do let us know how best to contact you about writing an ARTICAL and getting an investigation established covering this process from the RA CHAIR GANLEY COURT 07903636694 look forward to hearing from you about arranging a meeting maybe onsite during the next few weeks. Yours sincerely lucy