European tech policy reporter

Sifted is looking for a full or part-time policy reporter to report on how decision makers in Brussels and other European capitals are attempting to support the continent’s tech ecosystem, stimulate investment and play a bigger role in the global tech debate.

We’re looking for a creative, collaborative and versatile journalist who is full of ideas and can own this space, looking beyond the latest news from Google and Facebook to the bigger picture of Europe’s economic, strategic and technological future. 

Part of Sifted’s mission is to give Europe’s entrepreneurs a louder voice in the tech policy debate, making sure the insurgents are heard as much as the incumbents.

N.B. We are advertising for several part-time reporter roles at the moment (to cover SaaS, deeptech, foodtech, consumer, 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].

About Sifted

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 tech and startup trends, compelling company profiles and the everyday lessons that come from growing a business and messing up along the way.

What will you be doing?

We’ve all heard the bear case for European tech. Europe is home to just a tenth of the world’s privately held tech ‘unicorns’ worth over $1bn. Every year, roughly three times more is invested in US and Chinese tech companies than in Europe. Pretty much all of the key platforms that define the digital economy (e.g search, social, mobile operating systems) are controlled by US or Asian companies.

But many European policy makers are now desperate to fight back, looking to play a role in key technologies of the future while also charting a course between the techno-libertarianism of California and the digital authoritarianism of China. 

Reporting to our editor Michael, it will be your mission to cover these big trends, driving our coverage of all things policy 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 seemingly outlandish) 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.

Core duties include:

  • Have your finger on the pulse of the policy issue sector to ensure that Sifted never misses a big news story or controversy
  • Write deeply reported features on a range of topics related to policy and government
  • Build an impressive set of contacts and sources
  • Represent Sifted at relevant industry events
  • Share your journalism via social media and grow a following on all channels 

Over time your role could evolve to include: 

  • Coauthoring one of our newsletters 
  • Cohosting the upcoming Sifted podcast 

What skills do you need?

We’re looking for someone who has at least two years’ experience reporting in policy 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.

What are we like to work for?

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. 

What we offer 

  • £1,000-£2,000 for 3-5 pieces per month, dependent on experience (we are flexible on how many days per week/articles per month you’d do for us)
  • Weekly team lunches (virtual for now) and seemingly endless snacks (when in the office)
  • Regular team socials… post-lockdown (eg. pub quizzes, dinners, theatre trips)

Location

Brussels.

How to apply

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.

Please also share:

  • 3 articles you are proud of you wrote
  • 3 ideas for stories you would write for Sifted
  • 3 ideas for how you would share those stories, post-publication, via social media to get maximum engagement