Caribbean weekly seeks reporter

The BVI Beacon

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Other

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Date Posted November 18, 2022
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty General Assignment
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $15,000 to $20,000


The BVI Beacon is a small national newspaper in the British Virgin Islands that routinely punches above its weight. Our work ranges from award-winning cross-border investigations to in-depth narrative journalism to hyper-local breaking news and features. All of it makes a difference to the community. Besides our weekly print newspaper, we are actively expanding our multimedia offerings via our website and social media channels, and we recently launched a periodic podcast.

The position

The Beacon is seeking to hire a general assignment reporter. There is plenty of sailing and surfing here, of course, but this is not a job for sailors or surfers looking to write on the side. Rather, it’s one for a serious, conscientious journalist looking to cover a wide range of issues in print and online. Our reporters’ day-to-day work tends to reflect the diversity of our coverage. On any given day, they might interview the premier about the United Kingdom's recent threat to suspend the BVI Constitution after a damning inquiry; cover a rally for the coming election; use Zoom to collaborate with colleagues around the region on a climate change investigation; or photograph a Girl Scouts fundraiser for an audio slideshow. Other topics in the news recently include the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the upcoming trial of our former premier in the United States, the government's plan to chip away at offshore secrecy by launching a public company register next year, the tourism industry's recovery from Covid-19, and much more. All of our reporters are encouraged to work on our in-depth special reports.

Experience and skills

The ideal candidate will have professional journalism experience, multimedia know-how, and investigative-reporting skills. However, our most important requirements are curiosity and a willingness to learn. We routinely hire promising recent graduates with relevant background even if they require training in some areas.

The salary is $350 per week to start, plus a housing and phone stipend. Reporters are automatically enrolled in the territory’s National Health Insurance programme.

To apply

Rush a cover letter, a resumé and five clips to The application process is competitive, and applicants who make it through the first round may be asked to complete a writing test. We apologise that we are unable to respond to all unsuccessful candidates.




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