Social Media Editorial Fellowship

We are offering a short fellowship with our social media team. 

During the four week period, you will create unique video, audio and print assets and help to run live talks in our discord server. 

This role will provide you with an insight into how an investigative newsroom works and an understanding of how to shape investigative content for different audiences. 

This fellowship is open to UK-based applicants or those in the same or similar time zone. It will be remote-working. We are happy for University students to split the four week fellowship into two week segments to align with their semester breaks. This should be discussed upon application.

Who We Are

Bellingcat is an independent collective of international researchers using open source and social media investigations to probe conflict, corruption, crimes, misinformation, disinformation, extremist groups and much, much more. We have received multiple awards for our research and publications that shine a light on wrongdoing. Our community (which includes staff, contributors and volunteers around the world) works in a unique field where technology, forensic research, journalism and the advancement of justice and accountability come together.

Who You Are

You feel comfortable editing video and audio using software like the Adobe suite. You have a demonstrable track record of managing professional social accounts and have some experience in journalism. Evidenced in your application, you have a responsible and careful approach to social output. You are enthusiastic about working for an international nonprofit organisation that uses publicly available data and open source analysis to investigate a variety of topics that are in the public interest and which advance transparency.


  • Pitch creative ideas for new social features
  • Host Discord server Stage Talk and the following podcast edit
  • Contribute editing and other skills to a Bellingcat YouTube series 
  • Come up with and create assets for the Bellingcat Instagram page
  • Engage on social media with our members and a larger audience

Skills And Experience

  • A background in social media and communications and/or journalism 
  • Experience working with Adobe editing suite
  • Experience building community engagement including across social media 
  • Knowledge of social media best practice
  • Strong personal and relationship building skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong/robust digital security awareness
  • A deep understanding of the internet as well as an ability to foster communities on a variety of social media platforms.
  • Experience planning community events is beneficial, but not required 
  • Full professional proficiency in English language, fluency in other languages beneficial
  • Willingness to work independently with colleagues spread across several time zones (remote working)

The fellowship will be full-time over four weeks. This can be split into two fortnight blocks, to fit in with University term breaks if desired.  

The fellow will receive 1900 EUR for the four week duration.

How to Apply

Bellingcat is committed to a diverse working environment. Our team is international, from a wide range of backgrounds and we always welcome and appreciate new perspectives and life experiences. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, colour, origin, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation. Your formal education is less important to us than your previous experience in the field.

Please note this is NOT an investigator role. Please apply by uploading a CV and a cover letter explaining your suitability for the fellowship to . If you are selected for this role, we will also request that you send details of three references. The deadline to apply for this role is November 12. Given we expect to receive a high number of applications, it will not be possible to respond to everyone. If you have any questions about this role please email with “Social Fellow” in the subject line.

Bellingcat is committed to increasing diversity within our organisation. We encourage peoplefrom all backgrounds to apply and we welcome all kinds of diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.