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Contract Type:Other
Salary or training bursary: £44,000 per annum
Company:The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Open to all
Apply by:16/08/2020 - 23:00

Community Organiser

If you have great organisation skills and a real passion for local journalism, this role with the country's largest independent investigative journalism organisation sounds perfect for you...

The Bureau Local is a team within The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account through in-depth, fact-based reporting. The Bureau Local reports on inequality and the communities, institutions and services under pressure in the UK – those harmed, ignored and under-represented.

The Bureau are looking for a motivated and empathetic community organiser to join the Bureau Local team. The successful applicant will be embedded in their editorial teams and work across our three reporting strands (jobs and home, local services and health). You will work with our 1,000 strong network and affected communities across all parts of the UK. This is a senior role in the organisation and requires project management and ambitious work.


  • Lead the community organising on our three editorial strands at the Bureau Local – currently job and home, local services and health inequalities. On the latter subject, occasionally work with Bureau colleagues in the Global Health team on crossover projects to report on a local, national and international level
  • Carry out physical and digital outreach and relationship-building with groups and communities predominantly affected by inequality in the UK, and explore potential investigation topics with communities of interest/experience
  • In partnership with project teams (reporter, data lead and yourself), develop ideas for insight gathering as part of each story research process (eg social media, collecting lived experience, local events, interviews, roundtables etc), and also identify ways to ensure useful local and community impact for investigations
  • Work with the team to develop assets that can be gathered during an investigation to form part of the storytelling process, and methods for collecting these, eg user-generated content, video or audio testimony, photography etc
  • Work with reporters to plan and carry out Bureau Local network engagement around specific investigations – identifying collaborators, signing them up, communicating with them, managing their inputs and outputs, recognising their contributions during and after publication
  • Build and execute social media and other outreach plans for story publication and online impact
  • Move on from a successful investigation, carry out roundtables, surveys etc to include our network, collaborators and communities of experience and expertise to look at successes, lessons and what comes next
  • Keep abreast of reading/training/thinking around community organising and engage with community organising groups to ensure we follow best practice, and to ensure there is awareness of our work


  • Have some experience of organising a community around an aim – no matter how big or small
  • Have a keen interest in highlighting inequalities and can develop relationships with affected communities on a local and national level
  • Have a passion for local journalism, believe in the principles that underlie Bureau Local’s “People’s Newsroom Manifesto” and want to be part of making that vision a reality through Bureau Local’s journalism
  • Open to working as part of an evolving and agile project and as part of a team that thrives on experimentation, collaboration and partnership
  • Have a commitment to open and accessible journalism, enabling people to take part in the process, making it more transparent, diverse, representative and accountable

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

This opportunity is open to all candidates

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