The Fifth Estate is Australia’s leading business publisher for the sustainable built environment. Established in 2009, we cover a broad range of exciting topics, interview inspiring people and try to carve out a picture of what a sustainable planet, society and economy looks like. We generally publish two newsletters a week, design and deliver events, ebooks, podcasts and offer bespoke media products.

Senior journalist/editor

We are now searching for an editor or senior writer, who will be keen to soon step into the editor’s role, to help lead this publication into the future. We’re looking for a highly skilled person who is passionate about sustainability and climate action and understands the business and environmental drivers at play. You need excellent communications and people skills and will be keen to develop strong relationships with those at the nexus of change.

About the role

  • Produce high quality news and features
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and the news “behind the news”
  • Host video interviews for publication and podcasts
  • Help design our range of events and source the best talent for our audience
  • Liaise with contributing writers, edit, subedit and nurture junior writers
  • Engage on social media to help develop our community
  • Keep abreast of relevant news to ensure we remain relevant,  compelling and timely
  • Be vitally interested in the business of delivering independent news and view against a tsunami of controlled media messaging

About you – you will have:

  • A background as a business writer on a news desk or a good quality industry publication
  • At least five years strong media experience
  • genuine care and concern for the environment and the challenge of helping to fast track sustainability in the built environment
  • at least a passing understanding that buildings, cities, urban planning and the politics and business issues that surround them is where we can have the biggest impact on the lives of people and this planet
  • a big ambition to see our voice grow in sectors and locations with the biggest sustainable impact
  • a nice, collaborative manner with an underlying killer instinct for news and breakthrough thinking

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