Join our Tracking the Backlash project: apply to be our US Investigative Editor

We are looking for an experienced and accomplished investigative journalist to lead our work tracking the backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights in the US. Deadline: Monday 20 April 2020.

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Claire Provost
26 March 2020
Women's March in Washington D.C. in 19 January 2019
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openDemocracy is seeking an experienced and accomplished investigative journalist to lead the US expansion of its growing global Tracking the Backlash project.

You will have a strong investigative track record and will be highly motivated to work on stories which focus on women’s and LGBTIQ rights and equality. You will be excited to work on joint projects with colleagues, freelancers, and trainee fellows in the US, and you will also collaborate on cross-border projects following the money, networks, strategies and impacts of the global opposition to rights and equality.

Our Tracking the Backlash team produces stories that make a difference to women and LGBTIQ people around the world. Over the last year we’ve published multi-part investigations into Christian conservative support for the far right in Europe (including through unregulated ‘Super-PACs’), and a major series on how vulnerable pregnant women globally are being targeted with misinformation about their health and rights.

We’re looking for a curious and collaborative investigative journalist who shares our commitment to high journalistic standards and rigor; who is excited to share their knowledge and experience with others; and who is keen to support younger women and LGBTIQ reporters to develop their investigative techniques.

You should have at least seven years of newsroom experience, with a track record of producing original and revelatory investigations that create change. You’ll have proven experience with skills including data journalism, analysing financial accounts and undercover reporting. Ideally, you’ll be familiar with the specific issues we focus on. However, if you have comparable experience, you may still apply.

A key goal of the Tracking the Backlash project is to build a more inclusive international media ecosystem. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTIQ people, working-class people and people with disabilities.

This job is full-time and includes a salary and benefits competitive with other independent nonprofit news organisations. It is a remote-working position and you may be based anywhere in the US.

To apply:

Please review the details of this opportunity and submit your application online by Monday 20 April 2020 at 11:59pm GMT, including a résumé; up to three samples of your previous work; and a personalized cover letter telling us why this is the project and job for you and what is the first investigative lead you’d want to pursue (and why). Please also state your salary expectations.

Questions? Send them to [email protected].

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Across 18 countries, our undercover reporters posing as pregnant women uncovered a global network of ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ that target vulnerable women and girls with ‘disinformation, emotional manipulation, and outright deceit.’

Government agencies have promised investigations and lawmakers across four continents have called for action.

But what we’ve found is just the tip of the iceberg.

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