Are you a journalist able to dig into a climate beat, spanning everything from breaking news to in-depth features? Are you full of ideas, with a track record of delivering exclusive stories? Do you understand climate change, especially the climate issues linked to global development which includes politics, policy, institutional and philanthropic funding, and challenges to implementing development work on the ground? Can you report stories yourself and edit and manage other reporters? Are you excited to be part of a news organization that has a social impact focus and an open, teamwork-based culture? Read on.
You have a background in policy journalism, and strong interest in or knowledge of global development and climate issues. You can dig into a beat and explore the relevant policy decisions and the leaders who make them inside institutions like the World Bank, UN, business associations, and governments. You thrive in an environment where you’re supported by a team and able to work both independently and collaboratively with reporters whose beats overlap yours. You know how to reach your audience directly in your own voice and how to develop a network of freelancers to report out climate stories. You know how to manage competing priorities and smoothly juggle work and communicate across time zones.
Job Location: Global remote position, preference for EMEA
What you’ll do here
If you’ve read this far, we know that you want to know more. Devex is seeking a climate editor and reporter to work at the nexus of climate and global development, working to uncover climate policies and initiatives for an audience of global development professionals. You’ll be responsible for writing exclusive stories, including a mixture of breaking news and long-form features, and for working with freelance writers as an editor. You’ll also be coordinating Devex’s climate coverage, which touches on the beats our reporters already cover, and for writing a climate focused newsletter to add to our stable of successful email products.
You’ll come to weekly editorial meetings with a selection of pitches to offer, brief other Devex reporters on key issues when needed, and be able to talk about these issues comfortably during panels and webinars.
Your first year will look a little bit like this…
In your first 90 days, you’ll get up to speed on key issues at the nexus of climate and global development and start cultivating sources in the sector whose work is related to or affected by climate change. You’ll start work on shaping a climate newsletter and figure out how to tailor it to connect with Devex’s audience of development professionals. And you’ll stay on top of breaking news, secure exclusive interviews with key leaders, and begin to identify trends that could become bigger-picture features.
You’ll also develop a good understanding of your role within the wider Devex news team and work on stories collaboratively with other reporters, the production and multimedia team, and the social media engagement team.
After your first year, you’ll have a strong grasp of development news and institutions. You’ll have solid sources at institutions like the World Bank, the UN, climate-focused NGOs, and funders with a particular aim toward solving the crisis. You’ll have cultivated sources in order to write exclusive stories, becoming a respected voice in the sector.
Here are the basic requirements we’re looking for in the role…
- Deep experience in journalism
- Far-reaching understanding of climate policy
- Native level of English with excellent written English
- A bachelor’s degree
Besides the basics, here’s what we’d love to see…
- Knowledge of global development, social impact, and international affairs
- Business journalism background and familiarity with business and finance
- Experience working at a well-respected media organization
- Comfortable moderating panels and webinars