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SourceMaterial, Senior Reporter/Deputy Editor

London (Central)
£55k - £65k depending on experience
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Job Type
Full Time
Deputy Editor

About the role

SourceMaterial is non-profit journalism organisation that publishes high-impact investigations on climate, democracy and corruption. We are looking for a senior journalist/deputy editor to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have a track record of deep-dive investigative work and a strong news sense acquired through newsroom experience. You will have highly developed instincts for what makes a good story, a thorough understanding of the journalistic process, and a sense of how good journalism can reveal and illuminate. You will be a strong writer and copy editor capable of mentoring reporters and overseeing complex journalistic projects.

This is predominantly a reporting role, meaning that you will be able to spend most of your time working on important stories and publishing them in partnership with the world’s leading media. Your work will also involve supporting the Editor in leading the team: you will help manage other journalists and play a part in shaping the future of the organisation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and carry out in-depth investigations for publication by SourceMaterial and media partners across topics including business, politics, corruption and climate change
  • Work with colleagues to develop the SourceMaterial project and increase the impact of its reporting
  • Work collaboratively in a small team of experienced journalists to develop investigations under the direction of the Editor, SourceMaterial
  • Edit stories to a high standard consistent with SourceMaterial’s style and editorial code  
  • Support the editor in managing the team

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of planning and producing high-impact, public-interest investigations
  • Experience of managing a small team
  • A track record of published work
  • Knowledge of journalistic practice and the ability to work to the highest journalistic standards
  • The ability to generate and develop story ideas independently
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of media law and legal risks associated with investigative reporting
  • The ability to work collaboratively, both with mainstream media partners and SourceMaterial colleagues 

What we can offer you

  • The resources to carry out detailed, long-lead investigations for publication in partnership with leading media organisations
  • The opportunity to work in a team of expert journalists who combine ambition with a rigorous and results-oriented approach
  • Work in a well-equipped Central London newsroom (usually four days a week, with flexibility when necessary) and subsidised travel costs
  • A flexible environment and the space to shape and continuously develop your role
  • Initial fixed term one-year contract (with renewal subject to funding)
  • A starting salary of £55k to £56k, depending on experience


Central London. (This is an office-based position. We cannot accept applications to work remotely or offer support for relocation.) You must have the required work permits to work in the UK.

Start date

As soon as possible.

How to apply

Click Apply now and send us your CV, a short cover letter in English addressing the job criteria and including your salary expectations, and two or three published clips, indicating “Senior journalist/Deputy editor, SourceMaterial” in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially.

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