Digital Investigations Journalist – Sky News (London)

Sky News is looking for a digital investigations journalist for a 12-month placement in our pioneering Data & Forensics team.

You’ll be experienced in using digital investigation and verification tools and OSINT, to find and develop stories which shed new light on what’s happening in the world, both at home and abroad.

You ‘ll be immersed in the online world and a social media native, as well as being well connected to the wider OSINT community and what is grabbing its attention.

You’ll have a passion for generating original ideas, investigating them and presenting your findings in content across all Sky News’ platforms. And you’ll be equally keen to get involved in breaking and developing news stories and to use digital investigation and verification tools to help explain and analyse events.

You will have the skills to pitch, report and build your own stories. This role will also frequently see you collaborating closely with other members of your team and other departments, and you will be comfortable sharing your skills and knowledge with your colleagues.

You will be as adept at producing written articles as you are shaping content for video and social media.

The Data and Forensics team is a multi-skilled unit dedicated to providing transparent journalism from Sky News. We gather, analyse and visualise data to tell data-driven stories. We combine traditional reporting skills with advanced analysis of satellite images, social media and other open-source information. Through multimedia storytelling we aim to better explain the world while also showing how our journalism is done.


What you’ll do:

  • Produce high-quality, high-impact journalism across all Sky News platforms.
  • Build investigations by researching and verifying stories using digital investigation and verification tools, as well as traditional journalistic techniques.
  • Produce fast-turnaround pieces that provide insight, context and verification around ongoing stories.
  • Work on long-term investigative projects of your own and in collaboration with other teams in Sky News.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues from your immediate team and across the newsroom.
  • Come up with creative ideas for how stories can be visualised and use innovative story-telling techniques involving video, graphics, UGC, text, maps, satellite imagery, annotation, social media, audio, data and more to bring Sky’s journalism to life.


What you’ll bring:

  • Story ideas with national and international impact.
  • Experience reporting and developing investigative pieces in a news environment.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the latest digital investigative tools and a commitment to keeping up with new methods and approaches as they evolve.
  • The ability to geolocate and verify images/videos; analyse satellite imagery; find EXIF/meta data in files; work with translation tools.
  • An ability to identify and research the best social media platforms relevant to a story from Telegram and Tiktok to VK and Reddit, as well as search engines like Yandex.
  • Proficiency in developing a story narrative.


Sky News is a world-class news service with a spirit of innovation and a fresh approach to story-telling. Our aim is to be the best and most trusted place for news, reflecting the diversity of our audience. Made by people who dare to challenge. Made for people who want clarity in an uncertain world.


The Rewards:

There’s a reason people can’t stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences


How you’ll work:

We know the world has changed, and we want to offer our employees the chance to collaborate at our unique office spaces, whilst enjoying the convenience of working from home.

We’ve adopted a hybrid working approach to give more flexibility on where and how we work. You’ll find out more about what this means for this role during the recruitment process.


Your office base:


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There’s also plenty of bike shelters and showers.

On campus, you’ll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon.

At Sky we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we’re happy to discuss flexible working.

We are a Disability Confident Accredited Employer, and welcome and encourage applications from all candidates. We will look to ensure a fair and consistent experience for all and will make reasonable adjustments to support you where appropriate. Please flag any adjustments you need to your recruiter as early as you can.


Why wait?

Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media. A job you love to talk about.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.

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