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Commercial Writer (freelance) for The Kyiv Independent

The Kyiv Independent – Ukraine’s biggest English language publication is looking to fill a commercial writer 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.


  • Generate ideas for native articles based on client’s brief;
  • Communicate with clients and partners, presenting ideas for native articles;
  • Create engaging native content for client campaigns;
  • Suggesting, finding, and interviewing heroes for commercial stories;
  • Going on reporting trips in Ukraine and abroad if necessary;
  • Research, write and publish content that will promote products and services of the client;


  • English language proficiency (C1 or native speaker);
  • Command of Ukrainian language (enough to read and understand news updates, as well as understand a statement delivered in a video/audio form);
  • Good understanding of news and current affairs in Ukraine and the region;
  • Journalistic experience would be considered an advantage;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members;
  • Devotion to the values of independent journalism and understanding of the importance of commercial revenues for media sustainability;
  • 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;
  • Working on a freelance basis (per story basis);
  • Consistent mentoring and multiple opportunities for professional development.

The candidates with relevant skills and experience will be invited for an interview.
Note: This is a project-based position, hybrid or remote work is possible for this position upon agreement.

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