Brikesh Singh, climate campaigner, Greenpeace India, unfurls a huge banner on the roof of the Palace of Westminster’s Great Hall that says: “CHANGE THE POLITICS, SAVE THE CLIMATE.” Image, Greenpeace.
is looking for two freelance journalists to write monthly columns,
highlighting examples which illuminate problems at the nexus of the
environment, corporate power, democracy and the British state after Brexit.
Using journalistic investigation and story-telling, and working with
campaigners, they will research and write about specific examples of the
relationships between big polluters, vested interests, the British state and
other powerful institutions, helping expose the networks of organisations and
people preventing action on climate change, pollution and biodiversity.
will form the backbone of a two-year series on openDemocracyUK about why the
British state has consistently failed to deliver environmental justice.
Columnists will be expected to cover a range of environmental issues, looking
at the institutional and structural barriers to change, including corporate
lobbying, revolving doors, civil service culture, and inequalities of power in
society such as gender, race and class.
will be based on journalistic research, which will involve building links with
campaigners, NGOs, key academics and other relevant parties; turning
information round fast; and writing fluent and readable prose to explain
complex issues clearly to non-expert audiences. Pieces can vary in length,
though should usually be between 800-1,200 word, and we'll pay £200 for each monthly column.
How to apply
be able to demonstrate the following skills, against which we will mark
- clear and
powerful writing about serious issues for non-expert audiences;
skills, including exposing key nuggets of information;
ability to explain, and persuade people of, your opinions;
interest in and knowledge of environmental politics and environmental justice
in the UK;
interest in and knowledge of British politics;
ability to produce work regularly and to a deadline;
to promote on social media.
particularly hope to see applications from people from groups underrepresented
in the media, including people of colour, migrants, working class people,
disabled people and women.
for this position, please send the following to [email protected]
by midday on Monday 12th December:
- A CV of no
more than two pages;
- 300 words
outlining why you fit the criteria for the role;
proposed headlines of your first two columns.
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