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Reference: 69600

Date Added: 28 January 2019
Closing Date: 28 February 2019

Job Title: Researcher -REMOVED

Working For: Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast with Ed Miliband

Location: London

Salary: £32,000 Pro Rata. P/T

Job Details

Reasons to be Cheerful is an award-winning podcast about ideas.

Presented by former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd, the duo talk to smart thinkers from around the world and unearth the ideas that can change society for the better.

We are looking for a freelance policy researcher who can help us find new topics and exciting policy ideas for our weekly podcast. Think big-picture, society-changing, paradigm-shifting ideas.

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of policy and politics, not just in the UK but around the world, and will be keen to find the unexpected and the different. We try to unearth the best thinkers and speakers on a topic and not just the well-known.

You will have excellent policy research skills as well as being a first-class communicator with good writing skills and be self-motivated.


- In depth research on potential guests and topics
- Contacting and booking of guests for each episode, including live shows
- Preparation of written briefings for each episode, including live shows, identifying and reviewing key articles that should be read prior to the podcast and identifying major themes and specific questions within each them that can be used to drive the interview. And providing background statistics and evidence on key issues as well as written introductions of the guest.
- Responsibility for editing the podcast website with information and relevant links on each episode
- Coordination of Podcast Live shows
- Work collaboratively with the wider podcast team

- Extensive knowledge of policy and politics from the UK and around the world
- Strong research background with the ability to be creative in topics/guest choice and to read and assess academic research in a variety of disciplines.
- Ability to network in various fields (campaigners, academics, politicians, community organisers etc) in the search for the big new ideas that we should be covering.
- Excellent writing skills
- Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of the wider podcast team
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders
- Podcast experience (desirable)
- Ability to attend weekly podcast recording, and live shows as appropriate

Closing Date: 28 February 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will begin ASAP and we may appoint the successful candidate before the stated closing date.

Application Details

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to joe@goldfishlondon.com. Please email the same address with any questions about the role. 

Website: http://cheerfulpodcast.com

Additional Notes

19/02 - This advert has been removed at the request of the advertiser.