Research Professional News, Europe Reporter

Employer
Research Professional News
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
27 Oct 2021

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Research Professional News is looking for a talented reporter to join our European news team, working mainly on online daily news and our respected fortnightly digital magazine, Research Europe.

The successful candidate will produce stories ranging from the impact of changes to publishing practices  on the research world to how billions of euros of Covid-19 funding is being spent.

We’re looking for someone who can continue our tradition of setting the news agenda for Europe’s research and higher education sectors, producing stories that are must-reads from Brussels to Berlin and circulate in parliamentary offices and university research teams.

The position would suit a reporter with 1-2 years’ experience on a respected B2B or local or national news publication. A demonstrable interest in science and higher education would be a strong advantage, as would knowledge of European Union politics and systems.

The role will be part of a 20-strong editorial team currently working remotely with an expectation that it will be a hybrid office/homework position in London when we return. There will be opportunities for travel in the UK and internationally.

Responsibilities:

Write daily off-diary and on-diary online news stories for Research Professional News, and news and features for the fortnightly digital magazine Research Europe 

Take responsibility for ensuring that Research Professional News is on top of the news agenda in your beat areas and reports developments in a timely manner 

Ensure coverage of your beats includes all significant policy announcements and trends, and regular high-impact exclusives—some of which have the potential for exposure in national or international press

Respond proactively to any important stories we have missed by generating follow-on angles

Develop and maintain a network of senior-level contacts across your beats 

Represent the Research Professional News publications at conferences, networking and evening events, including through travel to Europe where required and authorised 

Regularly pitch ideas for longer form analysis pieces, FOI, investigations and interviews. Research and write longer-form pieces as commissioned 

Contribute to other areas of Research Professional News’ coverage as directed, including other beat areas, data pieces and Funding Insight

Deliver accurate, engaging copy, written to house style, to agreed deadlines and word counts 

Support the wider team at particularly busy times, for example digital magazine press days

Person specification:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience as a reporter on a specialist B2B, regional or national publication
  • Experience in breaking exclusive news stories
  • Understanding of current libel law and approaches needed to mitigate risk
  • A keen interest in research, policy and higher education—experience covering these fields will be an advantage
  • High levels of literacy and numeracy and a flair for written English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work successfully independently and as part of a team
  • To apply, please send a CV, covering letter, two examples of your reporting and your salary expectations to the deputy editor, Daniel Cressey.

Company

Established in 1994, Research Professional News is a publisher of authoritative news, analysis and comment on research policy, research funding and research politics.

Our teams cover everything from government policy and university strikes to new funding schemes and open access. Our UK online news service and magazine Research Fortnight and its sister digital title HE are essential reading across universities, funding agencies, governments, parliaments and learned societies, while Research Europe occupies a similar role in the EU.

We provide updates by email for subscribers around the globe and are at the centre of many debates at the intersection of science and politics.

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Telephone
07815418283
Location
Unit 111
134-146 Curtain Road
London
UK
EC2A 3AR
United Kingdom

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