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MLex , Data Privacy and Security Reporters, London and Brussels

MLex Market Insight
London (Farringdon) or Brussels
Competitive salary dependent on experience
Closing date
7 Oct 2021

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Global regulatory risk newswire MLex is looking for two reporters to cover Data Privacy and Security: one in London covering the UK and Ireland, and one in Brussels to cover continental Europe. Entry-level reporters and those with some experience are equally welcome to apply (compensation will reflect seniority).

The role:

You will tackle a fast-growing policy area in Europe, covering subjects including policies to protect children online, enforcement against GDPR violations, the diplomacy of bilateral data-transfer deals, and emerging areas of regulation such as AI and connected devices.

Data Privacy and Security is one of the hottest regulatory beats around the world. The GDPR was just the beginning: now policymakers and enforcers are struggling to keep up with the rapid evolution of data-hungry digital markets.

The Brussels reporter will cover new legislation such as the Digital Services Act, as well as the enforcement of existing rules. Here much of the action takes place at the national level: consider France’s recent 500 million-euro fine against Google under copyright law, for instance. And you’ll cover appeals against these sanctions, in both national and EU courts.

For the London reporter, The UK after Brexit has the opportunity to forge its own path apart from the EU – and must consider how to balance privacy concerns against economic growth and global trade.

Ireland is also a very important market, as its Data Protection Commission is responsible for enforcing the GDPR on most US tech giants on behalf of the whole EU. The recent 225 million-euro fine on WhatsApp suggests that the DPC may finally be hitting its stride.

Both new reporters will join a European team of three experienced DP&S correspondents based in Brussels and London, and will also work closely with colleagues in the US, Brazil, Australia, and several Asian countries.

MLex has many years of experience covering DP&S and we are widely regarded by lawyers, executives, policymakers and investors as a leading authority on this subject. You will therefore gain an excellent foundation to develop contacts, become established on the beat, and learn from the best.

You must at a minimum be able to demonstrate solid journalistic skills, commitment to the trade, and curiosity about the subject matter. Candidates with more experience are also encouraged to apply, and compensation for the role will reflect your seniority.

You must have the right to work full-time in the UK or Belgium. You will be expected to work from our office (Farringdon in London, EU quarter in Brussels) two days a week under our post-Covid hybrid working policy (accurate as of September 2021, subject to revision).

What we are looking for:

  • A fascination with current affairs at the intersection of policy and business
  • An interest in Data Privacy and Security specifically
  • Experience in these areas is a bonus
  • A commitment to journalism through previous work, internships, or student activities
  • News judgment and analytical skills
  • Accurate writing and reporting standards
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relations with sources
  • Excellent written and spoken English

What is MLex:

MLex, a division of Lexis Nexis, is a global news organisation that specialises in regulatory risk. Our expert journalists track material changes to laws that affect business, commerce and trade.

We are a truly global business that serves customers in North America, Continental Europe, the UK, Asia and Latin America.  MLex operates out of various offices around the world including London, Brussels, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, San Francisco and Sao Paulo.

MLex offers an attractive employment package, with competitive salaries to attract and keep talented journalists. This is an ideal opportunity to become part of a large and growing team at the heart of a thriving, growing and trusted news-media company.

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