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The Kyiv Independent – Ukraine’s biggest English language publication is looking to fill a head of news position.

The Kyiv Independent is Ukraine’s main English-language news outlet. It was founded in November 2021 by a team of reporters and editors who were fired from the Kyiv Post for defending editorial independence, in partnership with a media consultancy company Jnomics. Today it’s a team of around 40 people based mostly in Kyiv. Publishing in English, we serve as Ukraine’s voice in the world and the world’s window into Ukraine.


  • Leading the Kyiv Independent’s news desk;
  • Managing the team of news editors, overseeing their work; editing;
  • Making sure that the news feed is timely updated with all relevant news;
  • Making sure all news is timely published on the Kyiv Independent’s social platforms; working in coordination with the social media team;
  • Leading breaking news coverage, making sure key developments are reported fast;
  • Training and mentoring news editors.


  • Journalism experience, preferably both writing and editing;
  • English language proficiency (C1-C2 or native speaker);
  • Closely following Ukrainian news agenda, its main newsmakers, as well as the international agenda in relation to Ukraine;
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian language (enough to quickly read and understand news reports, as well as understand a statement delivered in a video/audio form);
  • Devotion to the values of independent journalism;
  • Being based in Kyiv would be considered an advantage.

We offer:

  • Market-level compensation;
  • Working with a young and highly motivated team, for an award-winning media startup;
  • Busy but flexible work schedule;

The candidates with relevant skills and experience will be invited for an interview.
Note: It’s a full-time position. Hybrid or remote format of work is possible for this position upon agreement.

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