Startup Europe. Grown up reporting
Sifted is looking for a part-time reporter to join our fast-growing team covering the world of European tech and startups focusing on the changing landscape in consumer startups with a focus on consumer startups with a focus on ecommerce, direct-to-consumer brands, food, mobility and travel.
We’re looking for a creative, collaborative and versatile journalist who is full of ideas, knows heaps about consumer sectors and is well-connected with the companies and investors in the space.
N.B. We are advertising for several part-time reporter roles at the moment (to cover SaaS, deeptech, foodtech, policy, mobility, VC and sustainability). We do not plan to hire for all of them — but we’re always keen to hear from brilliant writers and journalists, so even if none of these positions seem quite right for you, please still get in touch at [email protected].
Sifted is a new media platform, backed by the Financial Times, reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe. Two years after launching, we’ve become known for our high-quality journalism and fresh viewpoints, and a must-read for many founders, investors and people working in startups across the continent.
Our team of reporters, based across Europe, aren’t chasing the latest funding announcements or product releases; plenty of other sites have got that covered. We are telling the stories that should be told — big startup trends, compelling company profiles and the everyday lessons that come from growing a business and messing up along the way.
Europe has produced some huge consumer startups (Spotify, Supercell, Farfetch, Zalando, Delivery Hero, Just Eat, Skyscanner…) and there are many more promising scaleups following in their footsteps (Deliveroo, Glovo, Cazoo, Back Market, Tier, Getir…).
Reporting to our editor Michael, it will be your mission to drive our coverage of all things consumer and grow a fanbase of readers who follow Sifted for your stories.
We’d also like you to be creative with the format your stories take, and not be afraid to grapple with innovative (or perhaps crazy) ideas.
You’ll be more than ‘just’ a freelancer; we want you to feel more like part of the team — joining in weekly editorial meetings and pitching in on Slack discussions.
Over time your role could evolve to include:
We’re looking for someone who has at least two years’ experience reporting on consumer businesses and/or startups/tech and has excellent contacts in this sector. We want someone with fluent English, original (and plentiful) ideas and the ability to write clean and characterful copy. Ideally, you will be comfortable writing in a variety of formats, from news to features to data stories, and excited to work in an environment where things move fast and often change.
We have a small-company mindset, but big company goals, and can draw on many of the strengths and benefits of a world-respected brand, the Financial Times. We’re friendly, hard-working and passionate about what we do. We have a flat structure, collaborate across disciplines, and everyone has impact across many areas of the business. We value feedback, honesty and clear communication.
We are open to remote applicants (in Europe).
Please send an email explaining why you’d like to apply and why you think you’d be a good fit for this role to Michael and Amy at [email protected]. Please attach a CV.
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