Journalism Development Network - Engagement Editor

The Journalism Development Network (JDN), operating as OCCRP (the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), is one of the world’s largest investigative reporting organizations. Headquartered in Sarajevo, and with a staff of over 100 employees around the world, our network of independent media centers in over two dozen countries produces ground-breaking cross-border investigative stories.

JDN/OCCRP is looking for an engagement editor who’ll be able to help us tell these stories in a variety of online settings. The goal is for JDN/OCCRP’s social media accounts to become another avenue of storytelling, not just a way to promote traffic to our site (though that is important too!) The engagement editor will also develop strategies to ensure that our work is covered by our media partners and a growing array of other outlets.

In-depth investigative journalism of the kind we do — focused on international financial flows, offshore shell companies, and complex criminal schemes — is among the most challenging genres to convey to the broader public. We are seeking someone who can help us shine in this area.

In this position, you will work directly with JDN/OCCRP’s core editorial team to set up and execute engagement strategies that will expand our digital outreach and grow our online audience.

PRINCIPAL TASKS

Story promotion

  • Work with editors and graphic designers to shape and implement customized, creative, aggressive promotion strategies for our stories on various platforms.

  • Get JDN/OCCRP’s stories covered in partner and non-partner media outlets. Reach out to global and regional reporters, editors, and others who can amplify the impact of our investigations by covering them themselves.

  • Plan and execute broad promotion strategies — including on social media, with media partners, and in the broader media landscape — for large special investigations.

Audience Engagement

  • Build JDN/OCCRP’s digital audience. Explore new platforms where OCCRP should have a digital distribution channel.

  • Lead JDN/OCCRP’s analysis of its audience and use that information to increase engagement.

  • Write, edit, maintain, and build readership of JDN/OCCRP’s weekly newsletter.

  • Collaborate with the Partnerships team to develop and launch a new membership model unique to JDN/OCCRP.

Social Media Management

  • Vet and respond to inquiries from readers.

  • Promote JDN/OCCRP events, job ads, special projects, awards, and other items.

  • Monitor social media activity relevant to JDN/OCCRP for opportunities to engage with followers, critics, and readers.

  • Drive social media coverage in cases of press freedom violation or other emergency situations across the JDN/OCCRP network.

  • Develop social media policies.

  • Advise JDN/OCCRP’s member centers on social media challenges and strategies, including holding trainings, exchanging ideas, and providing other assistance.

  • What we’re looking for: *

  • A “self-starter” — someone whose initiative will drive the organization forward.

  • Familiarity with anti-corruption, press freedom, and international development issues strongly preferred.

  • Native English language skills are a must; other language proficiency, particularly Russian, is a plus.

  • An excellent writer whose copy, social media or otherwise, will not require editing.

  • Thick-skinned and able to handle the rigors of a demanding workplace. You must be proactive, improvisational, and able to lead with little guidance.

BENEFITS

Salary is competitive and subject to experience. The position includes health care and generous vacation benefits.

Application requirements: 

To apply, please send the following : 

  • A detailed resume.

  • A cover letter explaining why you want to work with JDN/OCCRP and what you will add.

The deadline for applications is 04 September, 2019.

We regret that we are not able to reply to unsuccessful candidates.

JDN/OCCRP is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Language:

  • Russian (Preferred)