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Job: Frontend developer wanted to help build the tech to power local community journalism

Help build a pioneering Community Engagement System to drive sustainable public interest community journalism.

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As one of Europe’s largest membership run local newsrooms The Cable has experienced first hand the limitations of the tools and platforms that are available on the market today. Three years ago we took the decision to develop our own open source membership system, with the goal of taking our learnings and creating something that would help us and others power their community newsrooms. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we’ve always known that as a small under-resourced newsroom it would be impossible to maintain a software product in perpetuity.

We are now excited to announce that a collaboration with three other European media organisations (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, CORRECTIV in Germany and Vereniging Veronica in the Netherlands) has now spun out this membership system into it’s own cross-border project. The Cable’s codebase will be a solid foundation to create a product that newsrooms and communities can use to power their journalism; helping to engage communities, drive revenue and support quality journalism.

beabee, the name of the project, is now looking for a frontend developer to join the project on a 2 day/week freelance basis, initially for the rest of 2021 but with the possibility of extending into 2022 and beyond. If you’re someone with passion and skills for civic tech, this is the position for you. You will be building and shaping a product that The Cable uses every day, and helping turn it into something that can power newsrooms across Europe and helping support the innovation and development of a thriving journalism eco-system.

Please note: This is not a role within the Cable. All applications and subsequent hiring and work will be managed by beabee.

For more details and to find out how to apply see the job listing on the beabee site:


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