Europe Editor, Tracking the Backlash


Remote, Europe

Date Posted July 22, 2021
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Competitive for non-profit media, dependent on experience and location


Purpose of the role and key responsibilities

openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project investigates organised opposition to women’s and LGBT rights across the world. Over the last year we have: revealed several hundred million dollars of ‘dark money’ from US Christian Right groups supporting anti-rights campaigns globally – including attacks on Europe’s courts; exposed coordinated anti-abortion projects targeting vulnerable pregnant women with misinformation and using them “like guinea pigs” for untested and unregulated treatments; and documented the global scale of World Health Organization guidelines not being followed during the pandemic, putting women’s lives and health at risk. 

Our investigations were cited more than 400 times in 2020, across the global media – including by the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, the Independent, Euronews, Mother Jones and Vice. Our findings have also triggered action from lawmakers and social media platforms. For example, European Parliament committees invited us to testify as part of their inquiries, while YouTube closed an account that was pushing anti-LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ messages, in response to one of our investigations that documented the account’s breach of YouTube’s guidelines. We collaborate across borders and backgrounds and, since 2018, we have supported more than ten young women and LGBTIQ people with fellowships so they can develop their investigative skills. Our work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the British Journalism Awards. 

You will be primarily responsible for commissioning, editing and reporting impactful Tracking the Backlash investigations in Europe (including eastern Europe and the South Caucasus). You will oversee an Assistant Editor and one or two young women or LGBT fellows each year, and also liaise with a network of freelance contributors and other media partners. The aim is to achieve impact on both of Tracking the Backlash’s overarching goals: reversing the backlash against women’s and LGBT rights; and challenging the exclusion of diverse voices in the media. You will report to openDemocracy’s Head of Global Investigations and be responsible for filling in for her/representing her in internal and external meetings in her absence, as needed. 

You may be based anywhere in Europe, including eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. This is a full-time role with an initial 12-month contract and the possibility of long-term renewal, subject to funding. Women and LGBTIQ candidates who have demonstrable passion for independent media projects are particularly encouraged to apply. You must have professional fluency in English and several years of experience as an English-language editor. 


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Deadline for applications: Sunday 8 August at 11:59 pm (UK time)