News and Politics Reporter, openDemocracy

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Location: London
Salary details: £35-40,000pa
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openDemocracy is hiring a news and politics reporter to play a key role in expanding its UK coverage, producing original journalism that centres voices sidelined by the mainstream media.

You will have an eye on the national politics agenda to help inform your work and generate ideas, and the ability to work sensitively with contacts to earn their trust and tell their stories respectfully.

You will work closely with the rest of openDemocracy with support and mentoring from the news desk, but you will be comfortable working independently, and will be motivated by creating change for people and communities across the UK with your journalism

Purpose Of The Role & Key Responsibilities

  • Pitch, research and write original news stories, features and investigations on a range of topics across openDemocracy, with a particular focus on elevating voices and communities that are sidelined and ignored by the rest of the mainstream press, and finding inclusive ways to report on (in particular) UK politics
  • Develop and write stories commissioned by the head of news, the news and features editor or the editor-in-chief, including features, investigations and daily and breaking news stories
  • Ensure copy is accurate, legally sound, and filed in house style
  • Monitor the national news and politics agenda to identify areas for new stories, pegs for openDemocracy coverage or opportunities to cut through with original reporting on larger topics
  • Attend Westminster lobby briefings on an ad hoc basis as necessary
  • Work with the audience and development team and openDemocracy editors to ensure that stories reach wider audiences, and identify and pursue opportunities for multimedia content in own storytelling
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of news stories, including a diverse and up-to-date contacts book, links to specialist organisations and curated social media lists
  • When necessary, collaborate with other media organisations for the purposes of joint investigations or generating impact.

Deliverables

  • Develop, write and publish an average of three to five accurate, legally sound news articles per week, the majority of which should be exclusive outright, or contain exclusive angles and sources
  • Ensure strong, ongoing sources of story ideas
  • Produce at least one story a month that gets picked up in other media or cited in public life by a politician or national organisation.
  • Source or generate original audio, video and images alongside written text or in isolation through openDemocracy’s social media accounts.

Experience

  • Two years’ reporting experience on a local, regional or national newspaper or website
  • NCTJ diploma or equivalent experience, including up-to-date knowledge of UK media law and public affairs, and interviewing and news writing skills
  • Demonstrable experience of developing original contacts and elevating voices that are typically sidelined or ignored by mainstream media
  • Demonstrable experience of breaking original stories that generate national attention
  • Understanding of the UK media landscape
  • Understanding of openDemocracy’s core values and the way we generate impact

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the role. In addition, your application should include three examples of stories you are particularly proud of, and which you would be happy to discuss at interview. We would particularly like to see examples of multimedia coverage alongside written copy.

The deadline is Sunday, 1 May 2022 at 23:59 GMT. Please mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out.

openDemocracy is committed to being an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work with us. We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We strongly encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in the media.

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