Investigations Editor

Employer
BMJ
Location
United States / United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 24, 2021
Closes
Jul 24, 2021
Position Type
Contract

Position: Investigations Editor, The BMJ

Contract: Up to 18 month initial contract with expectation of renewal

Salary:  Competitive

Location: Flexible

Start date: July 2021

The BMJ is seeking an experienced investigative journalist to join The BMJ’s Investigations Unit as an investigations editor, responsible for generating, commissioning, writing and editing compelling and original investigative feature stories.

Over the past 10 years, BMJ investigations have uncovered research fraud and misconduct, led to changes in regulatory and clinical practice guidelines, and appeared on the front page of the New York Times as well as prominently in other global publications. We are currently expanding our busy unit and are seeking an editor to help fulfil our ambitions. 

Working with the Head of Journalism, you will research and develop investigative leads, commissioning and editing high-impact features, including strong cover stories for the journal. You will also develop a pool of talented freelance writers and liaise with our legal team and the journal’s editors to handle sensitive articles and to coordinate linked content.

You need to have the skill set to take a story idea and do the initial research, and the journalistic background to think how the story could be told in a way that would work as compelling, fact-based journalism that would resonate with our global medical readership and create impact and change. Our aim is not just to highlight problems but to generate solutions.

To be the successful candidate, you will have familiarity with medical and scientific research and publishing practices, and have a broad knowledge of the big issues in contemporary medicine. In addition to take responsibility for The BMJ’s investigation features in print and online, under the guidance of the Head of Journalism and in line with the strategies for the section and journal as a whole.

Responsibilities

  • Generate original and compelling investigative feature story ideas for all BMJ platforms
  • Plan, develop and edit features, including strong cover stories for the print journal Develop a pool of talented freelance writers Report and write top quality features and other agreed content to agreed targets Liaise with legal team and editors to handle legally-sensitive articles Edit copy to length and within deadline Work with Investigations Unit team and features colleagues to help joined up planning of online and weekly print features, and respond to quickly to topical events To manage a budget for investigations content Maintain a broad knowledge of the big issues in medicine and contribute actively to team discussions Managing and handling confidential information Work closely with the production team on images, podcasts, videos, and infographics

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of arts or sciences undergraduate degree Experience at a senior journalism level  Significant experience working in investigative journalism Substantial experience and expertise in editorial decision making (e.g. commissioning, selecting, editing) Experience working on stories related to big issues and controversies in medicine High level editing and writing skills Excellent people management in order to work with external freelancers and BMJ production staff  Networking skills

 

Why should you apply?

BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes. 

You may know us as the publisher of one of the world’s most cited general medical journals, The BMJ. We also publish over 70 specialty journals, many of which are the most influential titles in their field. 

We also offer digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help medical institutions and clinicians tackle today’s most critical healthcare challenges.

Evidence underpins everything we do – it’s what makes us one of the world’s most trusted knowledge providers. And the figures speak for themselves. More than 50 million users from over 150 countries access our websites every year.

BMJ is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA), with nearly 500 employees worldwide. Our head office is located within the Grade II listed BMA House in Euston, London, with more offices in China, India, North America, and Wales. 

At BMJ we take equal opportunities very seriously, diversity and inclusion are more than just words, they are an organisational priority. We are building a culture where everyone feels able to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We encourage applications from under-represented groups and we are a Disability Confident Committed employer.

You will be able to join any of our employee-led networks focusing on: Gender, Cultural Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Mental Health and Well-being, Parents and Carers and Age. 

We offer flexible work arrangements to all our employees.