PolitiFact, the country’s largest political fact-checking organization, is looking for help to to fact-check the final stretch of the 2020 election.
This is a six-month contract, reporting on general assignment topics. Some days you’ll be working to see if a photo or video flooding social media platforms is manipulated. Others you’ll be debunking attacks lobbed against politicians in the news from suspicious groups. You’ll also be asked to help our readers understand complex U.S. policy discussions through fact-checks of TV ads and mailers of toss-up congressional campaigns. Contractor will receive $1,000 upon completion of this deliverable per week.
We are committed to diversity and an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.
The right person would have some combination of these attributes (though not necessarily all of them):
- Strong sense of curiosity and a love of politics;
- Tech savvy, has the ability to quickly learn new content management systems;
- Understands social media well and sees how rumors spread;
- Enjoys remote work; we prize collegiality in an online environment;
- Government or political reporting experience;
- Experience with fact-checking;
- Two to five years of journalism experience.
PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election and is part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Our mission is to hold all politicians accountable for the claims they make, and to provide voters nonpartisan, accurate information.
We are moving quickly. Please send three reporting/writing samples and a letter explaining why you’d be a good fit for this contract as soon as possible to email@example.com.
No phone calls, please.
Deadline to apply: July 10, 2020.
Contract starts in August. You can work from anywhere in the U.S.