Vacancy: Journalist at Carbon Brief

Source: Carbon Brief

This is an exciting opportunity to become a journalist at Carbon Brief, helping us to analyse and report climate change and society’s response to it.

  • Do you have expertise in climate and energy policy?
  • Can you turn complicated jargon and data into clear, compelling copy?
  • Do you want to contribute to accurate reporting of energy and climate change?

Job Description

As a keen writer with a good eye for detail, you will report on climate and energy policies, helping to improve understanding of these complex issues in the context of climate change. This could include explaining what’s in the news, unpacking new developments, or providing important technical or political context.

Carbon Brief’s award-winning team of journalists, analysts and data visualisers produce engaging and data-driven articles to help explain the evidence base on climate change. Our content is used and respected by researchers, journalists, policymakers, campaigners and scientists worldwide.


  • Write features, analysis, factchecks and explainers.
  • Develop graphics, video and other media on relevant topics.
  • Plan and develop Carbon Brief’s energy and climate policy coverage with the team.
  • Build up and maintain a network of contacts.
  • Engage on social media on behalf of the organisation.
  • Identify and attend relevant conferences and events on behalf of Carbon Brief.
  • Interview key players in energy and climate policy.
  • Summarise climate and energy media coverage for Carbon Brief’s daily newsletter.

Qualifications – Essential

  • At least two years’ journalistic experience.
  • Familiarity with the issues and debates surrounding energy and climate policy.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to write to a deadline.
  • The ability to quickly absorb new and complex information.
  • Enthusiasm for situating reporting within the context of climate change.
  • A degree or postgraduate qualification.

Qualifications – Desirable

  • Knowledge of international climate negotiations.
  • Experience with data analysis.
  • A network of contacts in the energy and climate space.
  • Language skills – particularly French, Spanish, German or Mandarin.
  • Experience of producing multimedia content.
  • Excellent social media skills.

Location: The role is based at our offices in central London. You may be expected to undertake some international travel as part of your work.

Reporting to: The director.

Hours/Duration: This is a permanent full-time contract, subject to a six-month review period.

Salary: £33,000.

How to apply

To apply, please send:

  • Your CV;
  • A one-page covering letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the role and your plan to develop our energy and policy coverage;
  • Two samples of your published work (print or online) on a topic relevant for Carbon Brief.


The deadline for applications is 11pm on Sunday, 10 February 2019. Interviews will be held on 18-19 February 2019. Candidates will be asked to complete a short, written exercise.

Candidates must already be able to work permanently in the UK legally.

We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity in our employment practices. We will seek to ensure that individuals are recruited, selected, trained and promoted on the basis of their aptitude, skills and abilities.

About Carbon Brief:

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. We publish a wide range of content, including science explainers, interviews, analysis and factchecks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.

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