Paid columnists for openDemocracyUK on the environment, corporate power and democracy

Paid freelance work: £200 per month for monthly columns over two years.

Adam Ramsay
Adam Ramsay
24 November 2016

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.

openDemocracyUK 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.

The columns 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.

Columns 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

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills, against which we will mark applications:

- clear and powerful writing about serious issues for non-expert audiences;

- research skills, including exposing key nuggets of information;

- an ability to explain, and persuade people of, your opinions;

- an interest in and knowledge of environmental politics and environmental justice in the UK;

- an interest in and knowledge of British politics;

- an ability to produce work regularly and to a deadline;

- ability to promote on social media.

We 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.

To apply 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;

- The proposed headlines of your first two columns.

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