Journalism Paid Opportunity - London - Decision Capital Ltd

Paid Journalism Opportunity at Decision Capital Ltd

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£1074 Per Month (Full Time Position)
Canary Wharf / Shoreditch (London, England)
Immediate Start
Lasts around 6 Months
Deadline for Applications 14th May 2017 at 5pm (1 month ago)
This opportunity may potentially lead to full time employment
Applications accepted from everyone

About Opportunity

Company Background

The role is with Decision Capital Ltd.  We're a start-up company that specialises in providing decision making tools.  We help people to:

  • quickly and easily gain an understanding of complex economic issues bandied about in the general media
  • express their opinion about how things should be done in a way that has never yet been seen on the web or anywhere in public discourse, and which has the potential to radically alter the decision making processes that affect us all in our daily lives.
  • Have a lot more fun than is normally associated with economic decision making!

The company is small but growing, and we have not gone public with our main platform yet.  You will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the first instance, although over the next 3-6 months we expect to be "going live", which will mean a 180 u-turn from keeping the concept secret to promoting it to the greatest degree possible.

Roles Offered

We are looking to fill a number of roles:

1. A content generator and curator (posted under Journalism).  We expect the site to become a go to place for people to come to find out more about what's behind current stories in the general media, and we need to build up a library of well written, well presented, engaging content, both original and curated to reinforce and validate that behaviour.

2. An economics researcher (posted under Finance).  One of the unique selling points of the site will be real world data presented in digestible form via our specialized interactive infographics platform.  We need to obtain and compile data sets, digest them and them make them comprehensible and engaging to a wide audience, while preserving rich detail and drill down available to the highly engaged user.  The research role will be responsible for choosing subject matter, locating reliable datasets around the subject matter, and generating content to illustrate those subjects, connected to the infographics platform.  Sample subjects: UK government spending, regional government and local authority spending, tax burden distribution, benefits distribution, net migration levels, crime statistics.

3. A marketing / PR manager (posted under Marketing).  The site and concept will live or die by the amount of interest and traffic we can generate.  The marketing / PR manager will be using internet marketing techniques such as SEO and content driven marketing, along with traditional techniques such as media PR, advertising, running competitions and promotions to generate that interest and traffic.

Qualities We Are Looking For

Self-motivation - the desire and ability to work with minimal supervision and acheive professional grade results.

Technological Sophistication - digitally literate, aware of trends in technology, capable of using end-user tools such as blog writing tools, vod/podcasting tools, Microsoft Excel and/or statistical tools, as well as have a reasonable understanding of databases and data modelling - not at the coding level (we have an offshore team to deal with the hardcode technicals) but conceptually.  Maybe a touch less for the marketing folks but they will still need to be very aware of what works and what doesn't in our digital era.

Passionate about economics - huh?  Sounds like an oxymoron?  Run with us here: so much of our lives are affected by economics - our healthcare, our school system, our university funding, our parent's retirements, our safety as we walk the streets, our life opportunities, our social fabric, our relationships with other countries, our standing in the world.  We at Decision Capital care passionately about getting the best possible outcomes in all those domains (and many more) but we feel that the tools to achieve those optimal outcomes haven't been invented yet - so we're inventing them!  No equations, no dry tables of numbers, just clear digestible information plus tools to help decide what's best - and achieve a better world.

Marketing Savvy - as an early stage start up, once the platform is formed and content available, we'll be moving into marketing turbo mode.  Everything we do needs to be aligned to that goal of achieving a wonderful, user-friendly, engaging platform and experience that people will want to use and talk about, that the media will want to know about, report on, talk about and contribute to.  This needs to be in forefront of your mind as you help us on the journey.

Team player - you will be working in a small, tight-knit company, with an incredible opportunity in front of you but also a huge responsiblility to collaborate and co-exist with your co-workers.  We want smart, driven, talented people, and there are going to be many fascinating challenges ahead.  But there will be a lot of hard slog and leg work, and we have no room for folks who'll try to just leave that for others.

Communication skills - so much of what we'll be focusing on is around generating and delivering clear and succinct content, it's important that you have strong communication skills, verbally and in writing.



Initially the role will be based in temporary office space near Canary Wharf London.  Around June we will be moving into a more permanent location in Shoreditch/Old Street area.


Initially the role will pay minimum wage plus participation in a stock plan.  The company is in the process of seeking pre-revenue funding via Angel Investors / CrowdSourcing / Venture Capital, and once funding has been secured, wages for these roles will at least double.

Equality / Diversity

We passionately believe that the strongest team is one which draws on a diverse range of opinions, backgrounds and talents. Our target audience for the site is ultimately pretty much every citizen on the planet, and the talent pool we are recruiting in is likewise unbounded.  Please look very carefully at the qualities we are looking for and the nature of company and the role, and if you're interested and capable, please apply.

Day To Day Tasks

  • Preparing material for and writing blog posts
  • Preparing material for and recording podcasts
  • Preparing material for and recording vodcasts
  • Organising interviews to supply material for content

Desired Skills

  • Blogging
  • Content Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Macroeconomics
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Online Content Creation
  • Report Writing
  • Research
  • Video Journalism
  • Writing
  • Written Communication

Opportunity Location

London, England