Parental leave: We’re looking for a reporter and editor [11 months]

AlgorithmWatch is looking for a journalist to cover for a parental leave. Send us your application by July 19th.

Fluency in English is required, in German desired | 20-30 h per week | Contract from 1 November 2021 until 30 September 2022 | Deadline for applications: 19 July

AlgorithmWatch is the leading civil society organization in the field of social impact of automated decision-making (ADM) and AI-based systems. Our goal is to protect peoples’ rights and strengthen the common good in the face of increased use of algorithmic systems. Learn more about our mission, policy positions, and activities.

  • Contract for 11 months, from 1 November 2021 until 30 September 2022
  • 2.000 to 3.000 euros monthly gross salary commensurate with experience
  • 20-30 h per week possible
  • Deadline for applications: Monday, 19 July 2021 at 12 PM CET (noon)

AlgorithmWatch is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of our hiring and promotion process. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. We hope we have succeeded in designing a recruitment process that will be inclusive. In case you think we are falling short on this aspiration we would appreciate your feedback.

Your Role

As journalist and editor, you:

  • Follow developments in automated systems in Europe,
  • Report and write articles, including but not limited to our Story segment,
  • Write parts of the bi-weekly newsletter in close coordination with our PR and Outreach team,
  • Commission news articles to a network of freelancers,
  • Edit their contributions,
  • Coordinate editorial projects with outside stakeholders,
  • Communicate AlgorithmWatch’s reporting and position to the press or at conferences and
  • Assess how our reporting helps achieve the organization’s goals.

Who we are looking for

Below is a list of aspects we are looking for in candidates. Apart from excellent English writing skills, all items on the list are optional and not mandatory.

  • You have at least 3 years experience working as a journalist or an editor.
  • You can write concisely and precisely in English.
  • You can efficiently assess the veracity of a fact.
  • You have good knowledge of the institutions of the EU and its member states, and you can quickly identify what you don’t know.
  • You have good knowledge of how automated systems work, or are willing to learn.
  • You know how to apply the scientific method to a journalistic investigation.
  • You can automate some research tasks using computer programs.
  • You can read complex policy or scientific papers and communicate them to an audience of laypersons.
  • You have a network of contacts in the field of automated systems and/or with people affected by automated systems.
  • You have experience in tracking, measuring and evaluating editorial goals.
  • Your work style is collaborative and you have a self-directed spirit.
  • You work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
  • Your organizational and multitasking skills are solid, with an ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment.

What we offer

  • You work at one of the most interesting and influential civil society organizations in the field, with a network of diverse and leading civil society partners, academics, and policy makers.
  • You enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility.
  • You work in an organization with a multi-disciplinary and growing team of diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic professionals and an open and appreciative work culture.
  • Your work will be read by key stakeholders and policy makers.
  • A workplace in the heart of Berlin (fully remote work can be considered, with a maximum difference of 2 time zones with Berlin).
  • 28 days of vacation per full year, flexible, family-friendly working hours, full medical coverage (more info) and pension contribution (more info).
  • Between 20h and 30h/week.
  • Between 2.000 and 3.000 euros gross monthly salary, commensurate with experience (information about how gross salary and net income in Germany are calculated and how this compares to other countries).

How to Apply

Deadline: 19 July 2021 (12:00 CET / noon)

Please address the following documents to the attention of Ms Kerstin Weber-Thum (as a single PDF, via email: jobs@algorithmwatch.org):

  • Cover letter (EN, max. one page) outlining your suitability and motivation for the position. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above
  • Résumé/CV (EN, NO PHOTO, max. 3 pages)
  • 2 samples of your work in English
  • Please share relevant certificates and references only upon invitation to an interview.

Please note that only duly completed applications (cover letter, CV, work samples) will be considered. Interviews are likely to be scheduled starting the week of 26 July 2021 remotely via videoconference.

Location is Berlin and regular office presence is generally assumed when the public health situation permits; but we are willing to consider fully remote work with a maximum difference of 2 time zones with Berlin. During “regular” periods, we try to best balance individual and organizational needs in arranging work from home. We cannot provide financial support for relocation. Although we invite non-EU citizens to apply, we can offer only limited support for visa or work permit applications (but we will do our best).

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We will confirm your application via email and will contact only shortlisted candidates personally. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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