14.10.20

We're hiring: Apply to be our Bureau Local Editor

Job type: Full-time (flexible working applicants welcome)
Location: Anywhere in the UK
Contract: Two-year fixed-term contract (The Bureau’s standard contract for senior editors)

The job

The Bureau Local is looking for a senior editor to take over the editorial direction and output of our small but ambitious team. We’re looking for someone with experience delivering investigative projects; someone who can manage a team, desk edit copy and be across multiple elements of an investigation, including data journalism and community organising. They will have an eye for underreported stories and ideas for innovative investigations and will seek to report with communities, in line with the Bureau Local manifesto.

We want someone who is excited by the opportunity to produce a new kind of journalism and is keen to try new things and collaborate with others in order to get there. The ideal candidate is not content just to publish a story and move onto the next, but proactively ensures their work has as much impact as possible. Crucially we’re keen to hear from people, no matter what your background, who are passionate about journalism that makes a difference and stories that have the affected communities at their heart.

This role is a senior editing and management role at the organisation. You would report to the Investigations Editor on delivering investigations and report to the Bureau Local Director on strategy, sustainability and operations.

While this role can be done anywhere in the UK, you will need to attend regular meetings at the London office (public health guidelines permitting).

About the Bureau and Bureau Local

Over the past three and a half years, the Bureau Local has built a people-powered approach to investigative journalism, driven by community organising, collaboration, innovation and a pledge to tell underrepresented stories.

We’ve also built a strong and dedicated core team of six – four reporters, a community organiser and a data lead – to fuel our work across three areas: jobs and home, services and local power and health inequality (our newest project). It’s the team behind our #MakeThemCount, #SoldFromUnderYou, #LockedOut and Thurrock’s £1bn bet investigations, which were done in partnership with our growing network of more than 1,000 reporters, experts and engaged citizens. As we head into our fourth year, we’re aiming to take even bigger steps to produce agenda-setting, collaborative investigations that spark change.

We work in project teams and collaborate internally but each role contributes to our overall output. Our journalists drive the reporting; our community organiser, the collaboration, community-led and impact work; and our tech lead, the evidence building and accessibility of it for collaborators and readers. The editor project-manages these equally important roles and supports them to come together to deliver a united piece of impact-driven journalism.

The Bureau Local is a team within The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account through in-depth, fact-based reporting. You can read more about us here.

The Bureau is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and adaptable environment where people are encouraged and supported to do their best work. We welcome applications from those belonging to groups traditionally under-represented in the media. The Bureau recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.

Responsibilities

  • Head up the editorial direction, development and output of journalism at the Bureau Local.
  • Manage six full-time roles across our three reporting teams – health inequality, jobs and home, and services and local power – to deliver hard-hitting, collaborative and community-led investigations locally and nationally. This support and management is done largely remotely as our team members are based all over the UK.
  • Ensure our investigations are strong, hard-hitting and agenda-setting; support our investigative teams to raise issues from the ground up, get under the surface of a story, secure robust evidence and manage sources and legal challenges.
  • Establish, grow and manage relationships with sources, publishing partners and collaborators.
  • Edit reporters’ copy, oversee fact checking and right of replies, sign off on visualisations and open resources and work with our production team and Investigations Editor on final output.
  • Oversee story reach including our newsletter, social campaigns, press releases and impact planning.
  • Support the team to experiment and innovate in our journalism – through our reporting, community organising or tech – in order to deliver on the Bureau Local manifesto. You would work alongside the Bureau Local Director to feed this work into the sustainability of the project.
  • Join the Bureau’s management team, contribute to strategy and management decisions and be a leader internally and externally for the organisation.

You’ll be a good fit if:

  • You have significant experience in journalism, including at least five years experience of managing investigations – ie coming up with story ideas and following leads, handling robust evidence/data, developing contacts and protecting vulnerable sources
  • You are diligent with right-to-reply and legal processes.
  • You are able to edit investigative copy to a high standard.
  • You are able to oversee data journalism processes. Most of our investigations are driven by data and you should have a good understanding of how it can be gathered, analysed and opened up in the investigative process, as well as be able to manage our data lead in delivering this.
  • You have experience of project management – ideally investigations or campaigning journalism projects – so that you can manage the combination of journalism, data and community organising in the Bureau Local’s work. You are comfortable doing this remotely and adapting the support you would give for the unique needs of the team.
  • Your leadership style is collaborative and you are excited about the idea of being a facilitative leader for this investigative team rather than a top down one. You align with the Bureau’s management values to be open and communicating, developing and solution-focused.
  • You believe in the principles that underlie Bureau Local’s “People’s Newsroom Manifesto” and want to be part of making that vision a reality through Bureau Local’s journalism. You are comfortable running an evolving and experimental project in order to get the team there.
  • You believe in journalism’s role in making a difference. You think journalism organisations have to take a more active role in ensuring their work is heard and sparks change.
  • You have a commitment to open and accessible journalism, enabling people to take part in the process, making it more transparent, diverse, representative and accountable. You are keen to contribute to the organisation's efforts to support local news and wider industry change.

To support your application you may wish to include examples that show your experience and track record relevant to the list above in your cover letter. But do not be put off if you feel you do not meet every point.

The same goes for qualifications – degrees are great but it is more important that you can demonstrate your passion and commitment to the main foundations that underpin our journalism: community, collaboration and innovation.

Applications close 10am Monday November 9. First round interviews will be held November 17 and 18.

To apply:

1) Fill out our Equality Monitoring Form here, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching

2) FIll out our application form here. You will be asked to provide:

  • Your CV
  • A short cover letter on why you want to work for the Bureau Local and what you would bring to the role
  • Links to a few key investigations you have worked on
  • Answers the following written exercises:



    • Share your thoughts on how to make our journalism stronger: In a few paragraphs (no more than 200 words) critically assess one of the Bureau Local’s investigations (see links in the ‘About Bureau Local’ section), noting how the piece could be taken further – to land a further reveal/finding and how it could be done in collaboration with communities affected.
    • Pitch a story idea and approach: In a few paragraphs (no more than 200 words) share one story idea you have on one of the three Bureau Local subject areas with details on new and innovative ways we could approach it to land underreported and collaborative stories.

Email [email protected] if you have any issues in applying.

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