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Bellingcat is Hiring – Editor – Applications Closed

July 27, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Description of the Role

Bellingcat is looking for an experienced editor to oversee commissioning, writing, and publication of our investigations. This is an exciting role in a pioneering investigative outfit that works with some of the world’s leading lawyers, think-tanks, NGOs, and media outlets. The right candidate will have a solid understanding of open source investigative techniques, excellent written English, and will be a motivated self-starter. There are opportunities to work on important international investigations and to learn from the best in this field. This role will be mainly home-based.

The role will pay £46,000 per year.


  • Designing an editorial process for Bellingcat submissions
  • Assessing story pitches and giving editorial direction to writers
  • Sharpening copy ready for publication
  • Writing headlines and social media posts
  • Ensuring the visual presentation is consistent and imaginative
  • Preparing articles for publication on the Bellingcat website
  • Promoting investigations and managing Bellingcat’s social media accounts
  • Writing the Bellingcat’s weekly newsletter


  • Excellent written English (provide 3 samples of published writing)
  • Solid understanding of open source investigation – the methods, the pitfalls, the best-of-class standards
  • Ability to use basic Open Source tools (e.g. Echosec)
  • Fluency in major social media platforms
  • Design and Motion Graphics an advantage (ability to use Adobe InDesign or Illustrator, and After Effects)
  • Arabic, Russian, or Spanish would be an advantage


  • Motivated self-starter, full of ideas and initiative, able to work without close supervision
  • Willing to work outside of normal office hours when required


  • At least 5 years’ experience in a writing and editing role either with a media outlet or with a think tank/NGO

How to Apply


Send a CV with a covering letter saying why you want this job and why you’re the right candidate to

Successful candidates have been contacted for interviews.

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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