News Reporter, Investigate Europe

Location: Europe
Salary details: Circa €4000 FTE (see job description for further info)
Closes: 03/05/2021
  • Flexible Working
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time

Investigate Europe News Reporter

(60% to 100 %; the initial contract is for one year, while we intend on securing funds to make this a permanent position)

We are a group of journalists who dig deep. Are you the one who will ensure we also continue to stay on top of our issues by digging out news?

Investigate Europe is a cooperative of experienced journalists coming from 10 countries. We collaborate on a day-to-day basis for months, working on issues that are relevant across Europe. We share our research material, merge and crosscheck facts, and agree on core findings before publication. We publish with media partners in our own countries and beyond  — in our respective languages and styles — as well as on our own website.

Each investigative project yields exceptional in-depth knowledge. Our findings on the investments of Blackrock, the 5G rollout and  Europe’s climate policies continue to attract readers long after publication. However, once the stories have been published with media partners across the continent, the investigative team moves on to another project.

This is where you come in. We want someone to stay on top of these issues and report on how they develop. We are seeking a journalist with a sharp eye for news, as well as analytical skills, curiosity and initiative. You are someone who enjoys monitoring a number of fields, identifying interesting developments on topics the group has investigated, and will report them as news or analysis. We will use your articles to update our website as well as publish them with interested media partners. If your work draws greatly from the original investigation, you will share a byline with the initial reporter.

Could this be you? A suitable match is someone who enjoys working autonomously, someone who thrives under the freedom of shaping their work. However, this does not mean you’ll be working alone — you will be an integral member of our team. Our journalist Ingeborg Eliassen will be your daily sparring partner and supervisor, and you will be working closely with lead researchers of our former projects as you go, profiting from their expertise and contacts.

There is no ‘typical’ Investigate Europe reporter and we are always looking to add new skills to the team. However, experience in reporting on economic and political issues would be a plus. Moreover, we want to expand our geographical scope as well. Right now, we have several employees with a German background, so we would like it if you live and breathe in another European culture than that of the German language.

So far, we have the means to finance this position for one year. However, we really want it to be permanent and are working on the funding for this. Either way, we will work with you on your career development.

We expect candidates to have:

  • newsroom experience
  • a genuine interest in finding news stories and discovering new angles
  • the ability to digest and explain complex issues in accessible language
  • a high sense of journalistic accuracy and responsibility
  • some multitasking ability
  • good self-organisation and team-working skills
  • the ability to work under deadlines and pressure
  • fluency in spoken and written English, in addition to at least one more language
  • interest in Europe’s political, social and economic development
  • an understanding of the workings of the EU system
  • many years of experience of living in Europe
  • residence in Europe or the ability to relocate here.

We offer:

  • fair pay
  • daily interaction with a well-coordinated international team
  • journalistic collaboration rather than competition
  • friendly colleagues from across Europe
  • hands-on practice in cross-cultural communication
  • autonomy and opportunities to realise your own ideas
  • sufficient resources for travel, data and research

 

Pay: Either on a freelance basis or as a staff member. The money will vary accordingly, also depending on location. An example would be €4000 a month for a full time freelancer in Brussels.

Application deadline: May 3, 2021, 8.00 am Paris/Brussels/Warsaw time. Preferred starting date: August 15

 

Please submit a cover letter, CV and at least two samples of your work to news-reporter@investigate-europe.eu

Do you have questions? Ask Ingeborg Eliassen: eliassen@investigate-europe.eu.