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Job vacancy: Staff writer, Progressive Media data project

Progressive Media, the parent company of the New Statesman, is launching a spin-off website using data to tell stories. We're looking for a staff writer.

 

Staff writer, Progressive Media Data Project

 

Progressive Media, the parent company of the New Statesman, is launching a spin-off website. 

We are looking for a staff writer for the project who can find stories in proprietary data and bring them to life for our readers. This role would suit a recent graduate or someone looking for their first or second job in journalism.

The right candidate will be:

  • Highly numerate and not afraid of statistics
  • Able to write clear, concise and engaging copy
  • Interested in exploring and explaining how things work
  • Comfortable with the idea of using data visualisation tools

Experience using web content management systems is preferred but not essential.

This role will be online-only, and will not involve writing for the New Statesman magazine or about Westminster politics.

If you are interested in applying, please send an email to helen@newstatesman.co.uk with the subject line “Data project – application”. Please include a covering letter detailing:

  1. A brief biography with any relevant experience, or a fuller CV if you prefer (as a PDF or Word document)
  2. 250 words on what data-driven stories you have enjoyed recently, and how the statistics and text elements worked together

Please do not include any other attachments (eg cuttings); everything should be in the body text of your email.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 6 May. The role is a paid full-time position based in our office in Blackfriars, reporting to the project’s editor, Jonn Elledge. Salary dependent on experience.

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.