German Correspondent

We’re looking for a part-time German correspondent to join our growing team of journalists at Sifted.

Sifted is a new media platform reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe, backed by the Financial Times. Just a year and a bit 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 after the latest funding announcements or product releases; plenty of other sites have got that covered. We are telling the untold stories — big startup trends, compelling company profiles and the everyday lessons that come from growing a business and messing up along the way.


We’re on the lookout for a creative reporter, who enjoys experimenting with new story formats and grappling with innovative (or perhaps crazy) ideas. This a role for someone who already has deep connections in Germany’s startup scene — or is willing to put in the legwork to make them.

You will be responsible for driving our coverage of one of the most dynamic startup ecosystems in Europe, reporting on huge companies such as N26 and GetYourGuide as well as smaller ones springing from cities across the country, and picking up on bigger pan-European themes with our network of reporters. You’ll be more than ‘just’ a freelancer; we want you to feel more like part of the team — joining in weekly editorial meetings, pitching in on Slack discussions and representing us at events. This is a role with plenty of variety: for one story, you might be diving deep into the circular economy; for another, profiling an enigmatic founder; for a third, whipping out a quick news piece on a government support scheme.

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.

Who you are:

  • You know how to find — and tell — a good story.
  • You can smell bullshit a mile off.
  • You have excellent attention to detail.
  • You’re a team player (even if you are a freelancer!)
  • You’re interested in startups.

What the role involves:

  • Writing three 800-1200 word features per month, plus one shorter news story
  • Attending our weekly Monday morning editorial meetings and monthly team all-hands
  • Being an active Slack citizen: sharing startup news stories, events and reports from Germany
  • Appearing (in-person, or virtually) at one event per month on behalf of Sifted

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 [email protected] Please attach a CV.

We will try to get back to all applicants, however if you haven’t heard back from us by June 30 your application has been unsuccessful.