French tech reporter

Sifted is looking for a part-time or freelance reporter to join our fast-growing team of journalists covering the world of European startups and scaleups. This role will specifically focus on the French startup scene and be based in France. 

We’re looking for somebody with a good understanding of the ecosystem, a hunger for building contacts, getting scoops, asking great questions and going deep into the issues that matter. 

We are open to this role being on a part-time, freelance or full-time basis. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for this position.

About Sifted

Sifted is a new media platform, backed by the Financial Times, reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe. Three years after launching, our high-quality journalism is a must-read for many founders, investors and people working in startups across the continent.

Our team of reporters, based all 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.

We have also just raised £4m to do more of what we do, even better, which includes expanding our editorial team.

What will you be doing?

You’ll be writing quick turnaround news stories and longer analytical pieces, hunting down scoops and landing interviews with key people involved with startups in France.

We treat our regular part-time reporters as more than “just” freelancers; you’ll be invited onto our company Slack channels, to our weekly editorial meetings and to learning and development workshops, and welcome to pitch in to other areas of the business too — like our events or podcast — if interested.

What skills do you need?

We’re looking for someone who has at least two years’ experience in journalism. We want someone with strong 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. A good set of contacts in the French tech scene is a bonus!

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 an impact across many areas of the business. We value feedback, honesty and clear communication. 

What we offer

  • Pay equivalent to €33-54k annual salary dependent on experience and number of days worked per week
  • Options equal to 10% of your salary
  • Shiny technical equipment — we’re a Mac shop generally but are open to whatever suits your needs
  • €1,200 annual learning budget to spend on personal development (pro rata) 
  • 25 days of annual leave plus the usual public holidays (pro rata) 
  • Regular team socials, both in-person (when possible) and online

Location

France (preferably based in a startup hub). The Sifted HQ is in London but we have a small team of journalists based in continental Europe.

How to apply

Click here to apply. 

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