The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and we are looking for an energetic, creative person to work with a new global health team to help drive real-world change through our journalism.
We are launching an innovative new project aimed at digging into and raising awareness of global health issues through collaborative and targeted investigative journalism. The impact producer will implement a strategy for the hub that maximises the impact of the work, and will help to build and manage a network of international reporters and people working in global health.
About the Bureau
The Bureau is the UK’s largest independent investigative journalism organisation. It exists to inform the public about the realities of power in today’s world. Our investigations seek to expose systemic wrongs, challenge misinformation and spark change. With no corporate or political agenda, we bring to light serious issues affecting individuals and communities in the UK and around the world. We work collaboratively and creatively to maximise the impact of our fact-based reporting and share our findings openly with local, national and international media outlets to reach as many people as possible.
About the Global Health project
We have achieved significant growth and recognition in recent years through our innovative approach to building communities around our reporting, and collaborating widely on our investigations. We have had particular success in this with our Bureau Local project, which works with reporters across the UK to dig into systemic wrongs across the country and to report them out in the affected communities.
In a similar way the Global Health project is aimed at building a community of health reporters around the world who want to collaborate on investigations into public health issues. The core global health team at the Bureau will be four dedicated people and there will be additional reporters working on investigations related to health.
We have also gained significant recognition for our approach to strategically building the impact of our journalism, taking inspiration from the well-established field of impact production in documentary film-making and creating the role of Impact Editor in June 2019. The Global Health project will be the first team to have its own dedicated Impact Producer.
It is an exciting time to join our innovative, mission-driven journalism organisation at a time of rapid expansion. Impact strategy is a new area in journalism and the Bureau aims to be a global thought leader. This role will be the second member of an impact team that will continue to grow. It is an opportunity to explore the role our journalism can play in society, experiment with different ways of engaging audiences and communities, and help rebuild trust in the media.
We are looking for someone creative and energetic who is passionate about driving positive change and the role journalism can play in that process. You will also be passionate about new ways of conceiving and doing journalism. You will have a keen interest in power structures, visible and hidden, and how to work strategically and thoughtfully within them. You will be a great people person and communicator.
This role will report to the Impact Editor and will support her in delivering the Bureau’s wider impact strategy, with a specific focus on global health. You will ensure our journalism reaches key audiences in meaningful ways, that communities affected by the issues we cover benefit from our work, and that we collaborate with other organisations and individuals who are driving change. You will also play a key role in building and managing a community of global health reporters who will collaborate on cross-border investigations.
- Shape and deliver global health impact strategy
- Devise and implement dissemination and outreach efforts ensuring target audiences engage with the investigations in meaningful ways, on and offline
- Build and manage relationships with global health changemakers and changedrivers
- Build and manage relationships with in-country impact producers
- Support reporting team to build a network of health journalists around the world
- Manage that community once established, through online platforms, open resources, real world events
Experience, skills and attributes - essential
- At least two years’ experience in a relevant field eg engaged journalism, impact production, campaigning, community organising
- Collaborative team player
- A passion for accountability journalism
- Interest in innovation and experimentation within journalism
- Desire to drive positive change
- Great communication skills across spoken and written communication in different media and in different styles; eg briefing papers, inquiry submissions, engaging tweets, blog posts, panel hosting
- Great organisational skills, eg proven project management or events
Additional experience in one or more of the following areas would be useful but not essential:
- Impact production for documentary film
- Running campaigns
- Project management
- Strategic thinking
- Community organising
- Event organising
- Track record of successful social media engagement
It is envisaged that this is a full-time role, primarily based in our London office, but as the Bureau is committed to encouraging and supporting people who require a more flexible approach to working, we would be open to considering a four-day week and/or remote working. The Bureau is committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer providing opportunities for all, where people can come to do their best work. We encourage individuals from BAME communities or disadvantaged backgrounds as these groups are currently underrepresented in the media industry, which is something we are committed to changing.
Salary guide: £30,000 dependent on experience.
Send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by March 11, 2020
Interviews will be in the week beginning March 23.