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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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  1. Richard Glading

    Dear Bellingcat,
    I am interested in your research techniques, just completed 1st year at London met university and hopefully commencing year 2 shortly at Liverpool john moors university studying Intelligence and Security Msc. I find the subject fascinating. Please help me achieve your standard of Intelligence intellect, we could Possibly one day make a good team along with numerous other subscribers interested in this fascinating sub field of intelligence (Open source of course)
    Respects Richie.

  2. Robert Van Hee

    I am a retired military intelligence officer, and am about to to retire from my second career, as an investigator. The work you are doing is great work, and I am very interested in joining your team. If you have opportunities to discuss, please contact me!

    Thank you,

    Robert Van Hee
    Fort Collins, CO

  3. Charles Metcalf

    Like Mr. Van Hee (see above), I’m also a retired military intelligence officer who thrives on investigative as well as analytical challenges. I’d like to join your team. Let’s talk.

    Charles “Charley” Metcalf
    Western Pennsylvania

  4. Jose J. Marulanda

    Also retited military, specialized in Intelligence and Psyop, graduated in Philosophy and History and Attorney at Law. During last 15 years overseeing all Latinoamerica in charge of Crisis Managemente and Physical Security, for a multinational energy company. Deep understanding of Latam realities and secrets.


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