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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is seeking a talented senior reporter to join our award-winning Global Health team. We are looking for a creative and proactive reporter to make this beat their own, delivering major investigations.
You will be a key member of a team dedicated to producing original, hard-hitting, cross-border investigations – and actively ensuring that these stories change the world for the better.
You will have extensive experience of either investigative journalism, health/science reporting or both. You must be able to demonstrate experience of original journalism. You will care about improving the quality of investigative journalism across the world and understand the importance of collaboration.
TBIJ 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 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 strategically and collaboratively to maximise the impact of our reporting and share our findings openly with local, national and international media outlets to reach as many people as possible.
About the team
TBIJ’s Global Health team has published groundbreaking investigations exposing cancer medicines that put children’s lives at risk, revealing the tactics of the global tobacco industry and getting inside the details of Covid-19 vaccines, contracts and treatments. We tell the stories that others have not or cannot. Our current focus areas include antimicrobial resistance, the health implications of climate change and equitable access to healthcare.
We work with freelancers and publications around the world to report collaboratively and get the inside take on some of the world’s most pressing and unjust health issues. Our award-winning stories have reached millions across the world through these partnerships, including online, in print, on TV and on radio.
We put real-world impact at the heart of our work. Having an impact producer embedded in our team means that our stories really do change the world. Our investigations into medical oxygen helped kick-start a change in access to this life-saving treatment across the world. Our work on substandard chemotherapy for children prompted the development of tests to help ensure the drugs are safe.
About the role
Working as a senior reporter, you will be leading journalistic output based on the needs of the Global Health project, as designated by its editor. This is a key role within the team, accountable for ongoing work delivering major original investigations that spark real-world change. You will also help to shape and develop the work of colleagues. Experience of investigative journalism is essential, ideally in the medical, health or science fields.
You will be a good fit as a senior global health reporter if you have:
Experience leading on complex, creative journalistic projects delivering robust, accurate stories with an agreed timescale and scope
At least five years of journalism experience, including investigations, and a track record of delivering agenda-setting stories
Knowledge of global health issues and extensive, diverse contacts in the field
A solid understanding of media law and journalistic ethics, including source protection
Confidence making decisions in consultation with editors and other colleagues
An approach that encompasses team working and collaboration
A passion for accountability journalism
Ability and desire to support team members in their investigations
Additional desirable experience and skills for this role might include:
Broadcast and/or public speaking experience
Data journalism skills
We envisage this as a full-time role, primarily based in our London office, but as TBIJ is committed to supporting people who require a more flexible approach to working this is open to discussion. TBIJ is committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer providing opportunities for all, where people can come to do their best work. We particularly encourage applications from individuals from communities or backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the media industry.
You don’t need to tick every box in this ad – we are committed to hiring people with potential. If you feel like you lack some specific experience but have the necessary drive and passion, please don’t be deterred from applying or getting in touch with any questions.
Salary: £44,000–46,000, dependent on experience.
Duration: A fixed term contract until 31 December 2025
Send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com by 15 January 2024.
For queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to have the right to live and work in the UK.
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