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Bellingcat Is Hiring: Editor (Europe-Based, Part-Time) – Applications Closed

January 14, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Who We Are:

Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigations to probe a variety of subjects: crime, conflicts, corruption, secret operations, mis- and disinformation, extremist groups, and much more. We have received multiple awards for our groundbreaking research and publications that shine a light on criminal activity and help bring perpetrators to account. Members of the Bellingcat community (staff, contributors, and volunteers in more than 20 countries) work in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigative work, transparency, and accountability come together. Do you want to join this exciting adventure?

Who We Are Looking For:

A part-time, Europe-based editor to help commission, edit, and publish our investigations. This is an exciting role in a pioneering investigative outfit that works with some of the world’s leading media, investigators, legal and law enforcement professionals, global institutions, and much more. 

We are looking for a native English speaker with excellent writing and editing skills who also has a solid understanding of open source investigative techniques. Attention to detail and ability to produce engaging content is a must. The position offers opportunities to work on important global and local investigations and to cooperate and learn from the best in the field.

Who You Are:

You have a proven track record in editing long texts and publications (we require at least 3 references and 5 samples of published work that you either wrote and/or edited). You are enthusiastic about working in a demanding international environment, feel comfortable with different cultural contexts, and are able to meet strict deadlines. You are motivated to excel and are reliable

Responsibilities:

  • Copy edit materials for publication
  • Writing headlines and social media posts
  • Preparing articles for publication on the Bellingcat website
  • Reporting to the head editor about planned publications
  • Availability a.m. time on the European continent

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Excellent, native-level written English 
  • Ability to use basic Open Source tools and willingness to learn
  • Fluency in major social media platforms
  • Professional working knowledge of Arabic, Russian, or Spanish would be an advantage

What We Offer:

Bellingcat is at the cutting edge of open source investigations. We don’t do boundaries, egos or hierarchy. We do trust, freedom of initiative, and sky high responsibility. We offer a competitive salary (in the range of the non-profit sector in the Netherlands) and the unique opportunity to join a small team with big ambitions and global impact. The position is for 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week) and reports to our head editor (who is U.S.-based). 

Interested?

Send a CV with a cover letter describing your qualifications and motivation to jobs@bellingcat.com. Please also provide three references and five samples of published work that you wrote or edited.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Application closed on January 27th

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5 Comments

  1. Jennifer Chen

    You guys are awesome! You are like online “Kingsman”. Wow, with you justice is served.

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  2. MadWolf

    I love your work. Setting the bar for standard of excellence in Open Source Investigations. Truly brilliant in every sense of the word. I’m just a newby cutting my teeth and also U.S. based but maybe one day my skills will be of half of your quality and I’ll consider that a success. Keep up the hard work!!!

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  3. SorryViennese

    I always thought, Higgins is the head editor, and he is UK based.
    But the real boss seems to be in in the US:
    “…reports to our head editor (who is U.S.-based). ”

    see above
    Kind Regards, SorryViennese
    (KR SV)

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