The Canary is an independent media outlet providing reporting and analysis on UK and global news.
We believe a free, fair and fearless media is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, because for democracy to work it requires informed consent from its citizens. We help to generate that informed consent by providing our readers with high-quality, well-researched and incisive journalism.
Our content focuses on news, ideas, and key developments that impact democracy, freedom, equality and fairness.
Read more about our values and our business model.
Journalist – 1 year fixed term, 2 or 3 days per week
If you would like to discuss the role or any queries you may have, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Location: Working from home, able to work during UK office hours
Salary: £21,450 pro rata
Contract type: Initial Fixed Term, 1 year (with a view to permanent employment)
Hours: 2 or 3 days per week (please indicate a preference on application)
Benefits: 7% pension (3% company contribution, 4% employee contribution) after probation; 25 days paid holiday per year pro rata (plus unpaid bank holidays) and paid Christmas break; above statutory sick pay rate company sick pay; staff development package
Reporting to: Senior Editor
Development manager: Editor-in-chief
Deadline for applications: 23.59 BST, 12 August
Interview dates: 19 – 21 August
Start date: 31 August – 14 September
About the role
As a journalist for The Canary, you will use your awareness of current affairs, desire to explore and develop areas of specialist knowledge, and ability to channel your compassion for others and spot injustices, to write high-quality and thought-provoking original journalism.
You will be full of ideas about how your journalism can empower our readers to shape their world, and lead to genuine social change. You will use your excellent research and networking skills to break exclusive stories regularly.
What will you be doing?
You will be part of a supportive and cooperative team of staff journalists responsible for taking The Canary’s reporting to the next level. You are compelled and motivated to work on stories that matter to you and your own communities. You have the ability to unearth breaking news to tight deadlines whilst also working on in-depth investigations.
The role will include:
- Sourcing and pitching original ideas
- Working in a supportive, fast-paced newsroom to tight deadlines
- Proactively seeking out breaking news overlooked by the mainstream media
- Utilising and growing your contacts for exclusive news leads
- Researching in-depth and ongoing investigations
- Producing accessible, accurate, referenced and well-written copy
- Providing progressive analysis of social issues
- Giving a platform to those too often silenced in our society
- Contributing to campaigns and social media content production, including video
- Maintaining your own active and professional social media presence
- Upholding our values including working with respect, courage and generosity
- Championing our code of practice
Key Skills and Experience
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA+; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.
Applicants must have a legal right to work in the UK
|Skill||How will we evaluate this skill?|
|Essential||Ability to select relevant and striking images, and basic photo editing skills to produce featured images||Skills Evaluation|
|Experience of using WordPress, social media and online working platforms e.g. Yammer/Slack/Zoom etc||Application|
|Experience of online journalism/writing for an online platform||Application/Skills Evaluation|
|Commitment to Canary aims and values||Interview|
|Ability to identify and prioritise stories by newsworthiness and timeliness||Application/Skills Evaluation/Interview|
|Desirable||Video production and editing||Application|
|Key contacts in area of specialisation||Interview|
|Knowledge and/or experience of activism and/or working towards social change||Application|
|Advanced photo editing skills||Application/Skills Evaluation|
|A working knowledge of media law||Application|
|Experience of data journalism||Application|
In order to assess applicants, we would like to evaluate your skills. Please complete the exercises below, and return them with your application. Applications without the skills evaluation completed in full will not be considered.
Exercise 1: Suggest a story that you would like to cover that you feel is missing from our current coverage, or an idea for an investigation you’d like to work on. Provide a headline, featured image, social media lead-in, and your angle.
Exercise 2: Campaigning journalism is at the heart of what we do at The Canary – what would your top three campaigns be at present?
Exercise 3: We are encouraging our journalists to develop their own specialisms. Tell us what area(s) you would want to focus on. What skills, experience and rationale do you have for choosing that specialism?
Exercise 4: Please provide three examples of your work that you believe showcase the best of your talent, and explain why. The pieces can either be listed as URLs or attached as pdfs to your application.