Confidential is a well-funded digital news startup preparing to launch in Washington, D.C. this fall. Our goal is to create a radically different publication, one that uses a distinct set of formats to deliver a 360-degree view of the most important stories of the day. We are hiring journalists excited to get in on the ground floor and help us shape our identity.
We are hiring journalists with strong reporting and writing skills who would be excited by the challenge of inventing and continually honing new formats. We want to lay out the who, what, when, etc., and explain the multiple frames through which to understand the bigger picture. We want reporters with subject-area expertise who see the forces animating their beats, how their beats intersect with others, and the political, economic, social, global, and scientific contexts in which the big stories on their beats play out. We will consider applicants with other professional backgrounds who can show us they have the area-specific expertise and writing skills to do the work.
The Misinformation Reporter will cover the rise of misinformation, one of the most influential phenomena driving our public discourse and shaping our lives. This reporter will need to understand the well-documented risks of amplifying misinformation and conspiracy theories, while informing readers about the risks of a claim, an image or a meme. They should understand and be able to explain how misinformation is connected to ideology, including domestic and global extremism, and how the forces behind these campaigns use technology and the media to further their objectives. The reporter must also have a sophisticated understanding of how even reputable, mainstream journalists get things wrong and how media institutions contribute to confusion through their approach to controversy. The reporter will also dig into the question of how to combat misinformation, building up a source network across disciplines, from academia to the intelligence community.
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