The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and we are looking for a talented journalist to lead our small team reporting on the impacts of Big Tech.
The Bureau has been investigating the effects of Big Tech for several years, breaking stories on everything from algorithmic decision-making to Facebook’s lobbying; from global misinformation to mobile phone surveillance.
We want a journalist with strong experience of accountability tech journalism to lead this team on a two-year contract, helping it produce top-tier investigations holding Big Tech to account.
About the Bureau
The Bureau is the UK’s largest independent investigative journalism organisation. We exist 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 to maximise the impact of our reporting and we share our findings openly with local, national and international media outlets to reach as many people as possible.
About the technology project
In the last few years, the Bureau has been at the cutting edge of reporting on the business models underlying the new digital era. We’ve uncovered the world of Twitterbots for hire and their role in a political scandal in South Africa, and explored how social media promotes quack Covid cures in India.
We’ve put a spotlight on European agencies that tried to exploit new technologies to predict refugee arrivals and exposed behind-the-scenes lobbying for NHS data as well as the struggles behind Britain’s contact-tracing app. We’ve revealed how top-tier global commercial surveillance companies have been enabled by a hidden trade in mobile network access points.
Our renewed project – led by this role – aims to take this work to the next level. We don’t intend to replicate the reporting done on Big Tech by national newspapers and magazines. We’re looking instead to meet the urgent need for deeper reporting on the hidden, systemic issues, within the UK and internationally.
About the role
It is an exciting time to join our innovative, mission-driven journalism outfit and become part of an ambitious new phase of this project, producing cross-border investigations into Big Tech.
You will serve as the editor of the project, managing at least one other staff member (we hope to expand the team during the contracted period) and occasional freelancers around the world. This will also serve as the lead reporting role on the project – so will suit a reporter looking to move into a hybrid role, or an editor looking to get back into the field.
It is a full-time role for an initial two-year period, reporting to the Bureau’s Global Editor.
Lead a two-person team delivering hard-hitting investigations
Bring in and land major exclusives
Manage reporting projects
Oversee at least one other member of the team
Build a strong contact base to help deliver stories and impact
Represent the Bureau and the project at events and conferences
Desirable experience and skills
Proven track record of strong investigative reporting on Big Tech
Deliverable story ideas
Strong financial reporting skills
Strong understanding of media law and journalism ethics
Diligence and attention to detail
Collaborative team player
Proof of good longform writing
A passion for accountability journalism
Presenting and public speaking
Ideas for imaginative storytelling
Salary: £45,000-£50,000, depending on experience.
Duration: Two years
It is envisaged that this is a full-time role, primarily based in our London office (though we have hybrid working), but as The Bureau is committed to supporting people who require a more flexible approach to working this is open to discussion.
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.
Send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 3 December 2021
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