The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and we are looking for an energetic and creative person to help drive change through our global environmental reporting.
We are undertaking a significant expansion of our award-winning environmental project, which investigates the impacts of the global food supply chain on our climate, ecosystems and communities. The climate and biodiversity crisis is the most important story in the world and we want to make sure it’s told well and told urgently.
Our expanded reporting team will collaborate with people and organisations around the world to deliver agenda-setting investigations that make global headlines and create real and positive change.
Impact is at the heart of the Bureau’s work and this role will ensure that the team’s reporting makes a tangible difference – that it is not just confined to the pages of a newspaper or a television screen but reaches those who can use it, in the right format at the right time.
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, and share our findings with local, national and international media outlets. We work collaboratively to maximise the impact of our reporting, and are the first news organisation in the world to embed strategic impact roles into reporting and editing teams.
About the environment project
We have been reporting on the environmental impacts of the global industrialised food system through our Eating the Earth project for several years. We now have new funding to dramatically build on and expand the scope of this work – bringing in more freelancers, better and more innovative storytelling and more resources to make sure our reporting helps to drive lasting and systemic change.
The core environmental team at the Bureau will be four dedicated people – the project editor, two reporters and an impact producer – based in the UK, working with regular freelancers, environmental groups and researchers across the world.
You will be joining an innovative, mission-driven journalism organisation at a time of rapid expansion. This role is an opportunity to explore the role the Bureau’s journalism can play in society and experiment with different ways of engaging audiences and communities.
We are looking for someone creative and energetic who is passionate about driving positive change through collaborative journalism. You will be excited about reimagining what journalism could and should look like. 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.
The impact producer will report to the impact editor and will support her in building impact strategy into the Bureau’s journalism, with a specific focus on environment and food. 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.
Duties might include, but would not be limited to, identifying and liaising with publishing partners who can reach specific target audiences; helping organise briefings for parliamentarians or NGOs based on our reporting and working with in-country organisations to enable our journalism to connect with and benefit affected communities. You will work with the reporting team to help scope stories and the potential they have to drive change; once investigations are underway you will build impact strategies that ensure the journalism reaches audiences in the most useful way.
- Shape and deliver impact strategies for environment team’s major investigations
- Help shape and deliver environment team’s overarching goals
- Contribute to story ideation, pitching, development and delivery
- Devise and implement dissemination and outreach plans ensuring target audiences engage with the team’s journalism in meaningful ways, on and offline
- Help shape and test ideas for making our journalism more diverse and inclusive
- Build and manage relationships with communities, organisations and individuals who can benefit from our reporting and/or use it to drive change
- Build and manage relationships with in-country impact producers
- Monitor and evaluate impact of investigations and the project’s work more broadly
Experience and skills
- At least three years’ experience in a relevant field, for example engaged journalism, impact production, campaigning
- Collaborative team player
- A passion for accountability journalism
- Interest in innovation and experimentation within journalism
- Desire to drive positive change
- Great communication skills, spoken and written
Desirable experience and skills
- Background in environmental field
- Experience of newsrooms
- Running campaigns
The role is intended to be primarily based in our London office (when this is safe), but there is room for flexibility. 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 are particularly interested in supporting and encouraging applicants from groups that are underrepresented in the media. This is envisaged as a full-time role but we are open to a four-day-a-week role or flexible working to help to support parents and carers.
Salary: £32-36,000, dependent on experience
Send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 8 March 2021.
Interviews will be in the weeks beginning 15 March and 22 March.
Please also fill out our Equality Monitoring Form here, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching.