2022 dark money investigative reporter

United Kingdom | Full-time | Fully remote


About the Role

Location:  UK based (Remote with frequent travel to London required)

Salary: £43,00 - £49,000 (dependent on experience) 

Contract: 24-month full-time contract, 40 hours per week

Reports to: UK Investigations editor

openDemocracy is hiring an investigative reporter with a specific focus on dirty money, corruption and unethical behaviour in British politics and public life, including the role of money in politics and the use of Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to silence journalists.

You will have an eye on the national politics agenda to help inform your work and generate ideas, and the ability to work with and develop a wide range of relevant contacts, both inside and outside Westminster.

You will work closely with the rest of openDemocracy, reporting to our celebrated UK investigations team but you will be comfortable working independently, and will be motivated by breaking original news and investigations that have demonstrable impact. 


  • Pitch, research and write original news stories and investigations on dirty money, corruption and unethical behaviour in British politics.
  • Pitch, research and write original news stories and investigations on the use of Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and lawfare, particularly as it pertains to public interest journalism 
  • Monitor the national news and politics agenda to identify areas for new stories, pegs for openDemocracy coverage, or opportunities to cut through with original reporting 
  • Attend Westminster on an ad hoc basis as necessary
  • Work with the audience and development team and openDemocracy editors to ensure that stories reach wider audiences, and identify and pursue opportunities for multimedia content in own storytelling
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of news stories, including a diverse and up-to-date contacts book, links to specialist organisations and curated social media lists
  • When necessary, collaborate with other media organisations for the purposes of joint-investigations, or generating impact.


  • At least six investigations (three per year) into dirty money in the UK – and particularly in British politics – that generate widespread coverage, with at least 15 citations or syndications of this work in other major media outlets, including at least five in outlets that aren’t considered specifically ‘progressive’ or left-wing
  • At least one of these per year to be an active collaboration with an established media outlet on an investigation into dirty money in the UK
  • In the first 12 months, publish a series of investigative stories about the hidden victims of SLAPP and the enabling industry and lawyers and public relations professionals behind SLAPP cases in the UK
  • Source or generate original audio, video and images alongside written text or in isolation through openDemocracy’s social media accounts.


  • Two years’ reporting experience on a local, regional or national newspaper or website
  • NCTJ diploma or equivalent experience, including up-to-date knowledge of UK media law and public affairs, and interviewing and news writing skills
  • Demonstrable experience of developing original contacts breaking stories around dirty money, corruption and unethical behaviour in British politics.
  • Demonstrable experience of breaking original stories that generate national attention
  • Understanding of the UK media landscape
  • Understanding of openDemocracy’s core values and the way we generate impact

 About openDemocracy

openDemocracy is an independent international media platform. We produce high-quality journalism which challenges power, inspires change and builds leadership among groups underrepresented in the media. Headquartered in London, we have team members across four continents.

We are a mission-focused organisation, which means we always think about the impact our journalism can have. Our investigative journalism has triggered legal changes, parliamentary probes, lawsuits and criminal investigations and we also offer a rich diversity of stories and perspectives from across the world. We help voices otherwise excluded from the media to reach larger audiences, and we campaign on key stories, pushing for a more open, democratic and egalitarian world.

Our stories frequently get picked up across the global media, including The New York Times, CNN, France 24, El País, National Geographic, Sky News, ITV News, Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Today, The World This Weekend and File on Four, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, The Times, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Channel 4 News, LBC and Private Eye in 2021 alone.

openDemocracy.net attracts more than 11 million visits per year, and we provide a vital space for analysis, comment, and debate on issues ranging from democracy, gender and human rights to economics and climate change. We have projects publishing in Russian, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. In the past two years, we’ve been nominated for and won a number of prestigious journalism prizes, from the Gabo Award to the Paul Foot and British Journalism Awards.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and cover letter. In addition, your application should include three examples of stories you are particularly proud of, and which you would be happy to discuss at interview. We would particularly like to see examples of multimedia coverage alongside written copy.

The deadline is Wednesday, 20 July 2022 at 23:59 GMT.

openDemocracy is committed to being an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work with us. We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We strongly encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in the media.