Reporter

Sifted is looking for a reporter to join our fast-growing team covering the world of European startups and scaleups.

We’re looking for a creative, collaborative and versatile journalist who is full of ideas and has an eye for a good story.

Candidates who are well-connected with companies and investors in the space will have an advantage. Expertise in a particular sector — for example, venture capital, healthtech or deeptech — is also a plus.

But it’s not necessary. What is crucial is hunger for building contacts, getting scoops, asking questions others don’t and going deep into issues that matter.

The successful candidate will be more than ‘just’ another reporter in a newsroom: you will play a big role in developing a modern media company and your perspective on what we create across the business will be highly valued.  

About Sifted

Sifted is a new media platform, backed by the Financial Times, reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe. Two-and-a-half 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 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.

What will you be doing?

Reporting to our editor Michael, it will be your mission to write agenda-setting journalism and make yourself one of the best-known figures in the world of European startups. 

Through scoops, deep dives and always classy writing you will 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 will likely want to focus on one or two sectors and go really deep into those to develop a real following and domain expertise. 

What skills do you need?

We’re looking for someone who has at least two years’ experience in journalism. 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, hosting virtual and in-person events, 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

  • Salary of £27-30k
  • Options equal to 10% of your salary
  • Shiny new technical equipment – we’re a Mac shop generally, but are open to whatever suits your needs
  • £1,000 annual learning budget 
  • 25 days of annual leave plus the usual public holidays and ability to work from abroad for 4 weeks out of the year
  • Regular team lunches and seemingly endless snacks (when in the office)
  • Regular team socials — pub quizzes, dinners, theatre trips, rounders tournaments…

Location

Our office is in London but we are open to remote applicants (in Europe). 

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 our editor Michael and deputy editor 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
  • One idea for a new product or story format Sifted should try