Reporting Democracy Editor

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Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network – BIRN Hub, seeks an experienced editor to run the daily output of Reporting Democracy, a cross-border journalism platform investigating the state of democracy in Central and Southeast Europe.

The job involves working with journalists from Visegrad Four countries and the Balkans to produce timely and in-depth analysis of the political, social and economic factors shaping fragile democracies in the region.

We are looking for a native English speaker with excellent writing and editing skills who has a solid understanding of Central and Southeast Europe. The successful candidate will commission analysis, features and interviews from staff and freelancers, edit copy and work closely with Balkan Insight editorial teams and BIRN project teams. He or she will also commission commentary pieces from experts.

Key requirements:

  • At least five years of editorial experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with digital content production and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Speed and efficiency in managing and sub-editing copy
  • Ability to write compelling headlines and leads
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to rigorously enforce style expectations
  • A solid understanding of media law and legal dangers
  • Understands analytics and digital readership to help curate the site
  • Native English language knowledge

This is a position that can be done remotely. Candidates from Visegrad countries, or with the experience in that region, are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a letter of motivation (no more than one page), examples of their work, and details of two professional references by e-mail to applications@birn.eu.com.  Deadline for interested applicants is June 15th 2020.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for interview. The successful candidate should start work as soon as possible.

Balkan Insight is published by the Sarajevo-based regional hub of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). Balkan Insight is a network of correspondents based in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

BalkanInsight.com, one of 15 sites in different languages that BIRN runs, is read in more than 200 countries worldwide.

BIRN Hub is a nongovernmental organisation, a part of the Regional BIRN Network, working on in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while the Network is editorially also present in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. More information at www.birn.eu.com.

BIRN encourages applicants of both genders, and offers an equal chance to all interested persons, without any prejudice based on any grounds.