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Assistant Editor – Mapping Media Freedom, 12 Month FTC

Index on Censorship is seeking an experienced journalist with excellent writing and editing skills to oversee the daily news reports on our Mapping Media Freedom website.

The successful candidate will be responsible for daily editing of this news platform, which maps and reports on threats to media freedom in the European Union and neighbouring countries.

We are looking for a strong journalist/editor with excellent writing and editing skills.

You will edit news reports, and edit and commission longer-form articles from our network of 27 correspondents across the continent. You will be able to rewrite with skill, craft strong and accurate headlines, and be familiar with media law.

The assistant editor, MMF, is also responsible for flagging trends to the Index team and for raising the media profile of MMF. Fluency in at least one European language other than English is desirable.

Day-to-day tasks will include:

  • Editing news reports filed by our correspondents around Europe
  • Forensic fact checking and headline writing
  • Publishing to deadline
  • Analysing trends from data collected through the map and writing and commissioning stories
  • Managing our team of freelance MMF journalists around Europe
  • Liaising regularly with and pitching Mapping Media Freedom to other journalists/publications/organisations, including outreach to academic institutions

Other tasks include:

  • Writing an annual report using MMF data

Required experience/skills:

  • News writing, editing (in English) and research experience essential
  • Previous experience as a journalist, minimum 2 years in a newsroom
  • Strong editing and fact-checking experience in a deadline-driven environment
  • Media law training, good knowledge of defamation
  • Headline writing
  • Journalism qualification, NCTJ, BA or MA


  • Ability to pitch news stories to media and other organisations
  • Strong network of contacts with journalists in Europe
  • Experience working as a journalist in other European countries
  • Data journalism
  • InDesign
  • Second European language

This is a full-time position, working Monday-Friday. We particularly welcome applicants from those who are significantly underrepresented in the journalism sector, such as individuals from black and minority ethnic communities.

Salary: £27,000 – £29,000

Flexible working considered.

Please apply with CV and covering letter to Dave Sewell at Index on Censorship at [email protected] below by 22 March.

First-round interviews: Week of 26 March.