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400 North Capitol Street NW STE 890 Washington DC 20001
Washington United States 20001

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Media & Misinformation Reporter


Job ID: 62197
Job Views: 611
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20001
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per year
Posted: 06.28.2021

Job Description

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. 


Job Requirements

Responsibilities:  

  • Remain on top of current controversies in the news and pitch stories on media and misinformation 
  • Able to think holistically about the media and how misinformation shapes how people consume the news
  • Build a source network to include new and diverse experts 
  • Be up-to-date with the most cutting edge research on how media shapes the views of regular people
  • Respond to and explain controversies around how misinformation shapes our understanding
  • Able to stay on top of what partisan media organizations are covering and how they are covering it

 Qualifications:   

  • Excellent writing skills; a clear and engaging writer
  • Voracious news consumer
  • Background understanding how the media landscape,  from how algorithms serve up news to people to the relevance of local and cable news
  • Strong collaboration and creative thinking skills 
  • A deep source network of the smartest thinkers in the misinformation space
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset

Benefits:  

  • Competitive salary 
  • Automatic 5% Employer Contribution to 401(k)  
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental with a fully covered medical plan for families  
  • Vacation package + 10 sick days + company holidays  
  • Monthly cellphone, gym, and commuter stipend  
  • 3 months fully paid family leave  
  • Life and AD&D Insurance  
  • Access to mental health resources 


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