Junior investigations reporter
- Job type/contract length: 12 month fixed-term contract
- Location: Remote
- Salary range: £26,000 – £30,000 (dependent on experience/location)
- Closing date: 14 Feb 2024
The Centre for Climate Reporting is looking for a junior investigations reporter to join its team working on ambitious, global investigations into the powerful interests driving climate change. The reporter will play a key role in delivering hard-hitting investigations, working collaboratively as part of a small but growing team. They will also have the opportunity to develop and pursue their own story ideas.
We’re looking for an enterprising, early career journalist who wants to push their reporting to the next level. Prior experience of reporting on climate change is not necessary. We’re interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate an ability to uncover information from hard-to-reach sources and are eager to build skills in working with whistleblowers and undercover reporting.
While undercover experience is not a requirement, we’re keen to find someone who is enthusiastic about the inventive and delicate work of developing undercover projects: creating cover stories, rehearsing approaches and, ideally, even doing in-the-field work themselves.
This is a remote position. CCR is a global newsroom with team members currently based in the UK, US and Europe.
About the Centre for Climate Reporting:
CCR is a not-for-profit investigative journalism organisation focused on the biggest story of our time: climate change.
Across the world, powerful politicians, companies and individuals are obstructing the transition to a low-carbon economy. They often do so behind closed doors, while publicly claiming to be part of the solution to climate change.
Through in-depth, cross-border investigative reporting, our mission is to hold these actors to account. To ensure that these stories reach as wide an audience as possible, we partner and collaborate with the world’s most respected media organisations. In the past year, we have worked with the BBC, The New York Times, The Guardian and Channel 4 News and our investigations have been cited in countless other outlets around the world.
We report without fear or favour and are committed to rigorous, fair, public interest journalism.
What we’re looking for:
- A natural collaborator who will play a key role in a small but growing team of journalists working on hard-hitting investigations
- A meticulous reporter who will uphold CCR’s dedication to rigorous public interest journalism
- A good understanding of media law and journalism ethics, ensuring that CCR’s reporting is accurate and fair
- An ability to work as part of a reporting team and an eagerness to bring your own ideas to the table
- A drive to build a contacts book of insiders and whistleblowers, with an understanding of source protection
- An interest in, and willingness to be involved in, undercover reporting projects.
- A willingness to travel for reporting trips.
What you’ll be doing at CCR:
- Working on impactful investigations into climate-related issues
- Contributing ideas and working collaboratively with other members of the team and reporters from major news outlets
- Maintaining the highest editorial standards and accuracy in your reporting
- Developing your investigative reporting skills by finding whistleblowers and insiders and collaborating on undercover projects.
How to apply:
Please send your CV and a cover letter with ‘Junior investigations reporter’ in the subject line. Your cover letter should include: an example of an investigation you admire; an example of your own work; and a story you’d like to pursue at CCR. Please keep cover letters to a maximum of 600 words and include PDFs for any stories that are behind a paywall.
For the investigation you admire, briefly explain why you like it, what could have been done to improve it and how it has impacted how you approach your own reporting. For the example of your own work (student journalism is acceptable), briefly explain how you got the story and, for stories with multiple bylines, your contribution to the team. We’re also keen to hear what went well, what didn’t and, in hindsight, what you might have done differently. For the story you’d like to pursue, briefly explain why this is a story CCR should cover and the steps you would take to report it out.