The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and we are looking for an energetic and creative person to help drive change through our global health reporting.
Our reporting team includes an editor, two reporters and an impact producer, who collaborate with reporters, publishers and others around the world to deliver agenda-setting investigations that make global headlines and help create real and positive change.
Impact is at the heart of the Bureau’s work and this role ensures the team’s reporting makes a tangible difference in the world – that it is not just confined to pages of a newspaper or a television screen but gets to 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 global health project
The Bureau’s global health team carries out collaborative cross-border investigations into systemic global health issues with a focus on impact. The four-person team collaborates with freelancers, publishers, health organisations, researchers and others around the world to produce and disseminate its evidence and stories in multiple languages and formats.
The project launched last March and has been focused on systemic issues highlighted and exacerbated by Covid-19, such as fragile and opaque drug supply chains, the high pricing of medical oxygen across Africa, and most recently the factors driving global inequality in access to the coronavirus vaccine. The project also includes a team investigating Big Tobacco.
You will be joining an innovative, mission-driven 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 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.
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 global health team’s major investigations
- Help shape and deliver global health 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 health-related 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.