We're hiring: Apply to be our US health correspondent

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and we are looking for an investigative reporter to join our exciting global health project.

We want an enthusiastic journalist with at least three years’ experience of strong health or big tobacco reporting to work for the Bureau on a full time freelance basis.

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 across the world. We work collaboratively 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

The Bureau has spent a year building an ambitious reporting project focused on global health, partnering with new outlets across five continents and freelance reporters in countries across the world to report collaboratively on the coronavirus crisis and its ancillary crises.

Alongside that we have been investigating the activity of big tobacco companies across the world – with impact-led stories for television, digital and newspapers.

The role

Our US correspondent will work with our extensive global health team. This role will be responsible for finding and delivering exclusive US angles for major investigations across both our coronavirus and tobacco strands. The role will also be involved in finding and potentially leading on new investigations in these areas. Occasionally, they may also work to assist other reporting teams where there is a strong US angle.

It is an exciting time to join our innovative, mission-driven journalism outfit and help to produce cross-border investigations on global health topics.

The successful candidate will have experience of health reporting, preferably on global health topics, and will be able to demonstrate some experience of investigative or off-diary journalism.

Core experience and skills

  • Proven track record of strong health or business reporting
  • At least three years of journalism experience
  • Some investigative or long-form journalism experience
  • Good health and/or tobacco industry contacts
  • An awareness of global health issues
  • Understanding of media law and journalism ethics
  • Diligence and attention to detail
  • A collaborative team player
  • A self-starter
  • A passion for accountability journalism

Desirable experience and skills

  • Investigative reporting experience
  • Financial reporting experience
  • Data journalism skills
  • Good story ideas

The successful candidate for this role will be based in the US and have an existing right to live and work in the country. They can be based anywhere within the US, but must be willing to travel regularly where it is required, potentially including internationally. We envision this role typically working four days a week, but are willing to consider flexible working arrangements for the right candidate.

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 BIPOC communities or disadvantaged backgrounds as these groups are currently underrepresented in the media industry, which is something we are committed to changing.

Compensation: a day rate of $300, subject to experience
Duration: 18 month term

To apply

Send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 30 April 2021

Interviews will be in the week beginning 3 May.

Please fill out our Equality Monitoring Form here, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching.