Climate Home News has an exciting opening for a reporter or reporters to join our award-winning team.
It is a critical moment. The coronavirus pandemic has shattered our old certainties. The recovery efforts could spur a decisive shift to a green and fair economy, or lock in decades more dependence on fossil fuels.
It comes as the Paris Agreement faces its first test: a call on all governments to submit new improved climate plans to the UN. That can only succeed in raising ambition if coupled with effective support from rich to poor countries.
With a growing split between aspiring climate leaders with net zero emissions goals and nationalist strongmen in denial, there is no shortage of drama. The battle for a safer future is being fought in courtrooms, boardrooms, negotiating chambers and on the streets.
We need climate journalism in this moment, to hold power to account and illuminate the competing interests at play.
Help us to deliver the original, agenda-setting news, analysis and investigations that make Climate Home News essential reading to climate decision makers around the world.
Job Title: Reporter
Reports to: Editor-in-Chief
Location: London (temporarily remote due to Covid-19), with occasional international travel. You must be eligible to live and work in the UK.
Terms: You will be on a day rate, based on your level of experience. This can be part time or full time, subject to negotiation.
About Climate Home News
We are an award-winning independent news site specialising in the international politics of the climate crisis. It is a challenging and rewarding beat, driven by a strong public interest ethos.
We value diversity and welcome applications from segments of society that are underrepresented in the media. Tell us how your background has shaped your perspective on climate change and the kind of stories you want to tell.
Climate Home News is looking for an enterprising, tenacious reporter or reporters to expand our coverage. The successful candidate(s) will be versatile enough to file breaking news on a tight deadline, spot original angles and dig deeper for analysis or investigative pieces.
- Identify and develop story ideas
- Gather, verify and analyse newsworthy information
- Contact, interview and maintain relationships with sources
- Write and deliver news stories to deadline, with the reader’s perspective in mind
- Follow journalistic ethics and good practice
- Review written articles by other reporters on staff to check for clarity, grammar and overall story presentation; make suggestions and assist with any revisions that need to be made
- Able to identify relevant news angles and get to the heart of a story
- Able to write in English in a clear, concise and conversational manner
- Able to interact professionally and build a network of sources
- Strong research skills
- Willing to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
- Knowledge of climate change and diplomacy
- Contacts in the climate change policy, politics and finance space
- Fluency in languages other than English
- Data journalism skills
- Multimedia skills
Education and experience:
- At least two years of relevant experience as a reporter/journalist, with a portfolio of published articles
- Bachelor, master’s degree in journalism and/or NCTJ diploma
- Send a CV and one-page covering letter to acting editor Megan Darby [email protected]
- Attach or include links to three published articles, with a brief description of how you approached each story
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to carry out a short writing test and remote interview
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to offer feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted.
The deadline for applications is 3 August 2020.