FLSA STATUS: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
REPORTS TO: Editor or Deputy Editor
OVERALL JOB RESPONSIBILITY
The overall job responsibility of the Fact-Checker is to report and write a wide range of stories often taking the lead in framing and directing the coverage of a specified beat, generating original story ideas, envisioning and executing fresh angles on complicated topics, and producing analytical and interpretive articles to give readers in depth and distinctive coverage of the subject, news event or designated area of expertise.
- Generates enterprise stories.
- Develops and writes short and long-range, complicated projects that are high-impact and distinguishes PolitiFact.
- Employs sophisticated interview skills.
- Collaborates with editors to develop big picture coverage plans for a project, designated beat and news event.
- Delivers writing that is distinctive and original in phrasing and imagery.
- Other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Editor or Deputy Editor is responsible for monitoring the Fact-Checker’s progress and performance. There is considerable latitude in the way and order in which tasks are accomplished.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
INTERNAL: The Fact-Checkerhas daily contact with colleagues in the PolitiFact department.
EXTERNAL:The Fact-Checkerwill have relationships with journalists and academics around the world, both as sources and as subjects of coverage.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: A college degree and a minimum of 3 years of work experience as a journalist is required for this position.
- Basic interviewing and researching skills are required.
- Must be able to utilize sources effectively.
- Basic fact-checking skills and commitment to accuracy is essential.
- Advanced research skills, particularly online.
- Social media experience.
- Ability to manage time effectively.
PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING: The Fact-Checker must have a strong journalistic judgment and attention to detail. He/she must be able to use personal judgement in solving problems and making decisions related to personal time-management, and relationship-building with sources, community representatives, colleagues and readers.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position is primarily sedentary, as bulk of tasks is performed at a computer. Physical requirements include ability to see and color perception in order to proofread, edit on paper and onscreen, and create and view graphics. The Fact-Checker must have the ability to manipulate fingers to operate computer keyboard and mouse.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties are performed in a non-smoking office environment. Must be able to work under deadlines as required and expect considerable disruption while performing work assignments. The Fact-Checker may be required to travel on behalf of the Institute.
No phone calls, please.
Position may be in St. Petersburg, FL or Washington, D.C.
Remote work situations also will be considered.
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No relocation benefits are offered.
Deadline to apply: Friday, March 23, 2018
Start date for this position is May 2018.
About this company
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education, and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 300,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.
Location/Region: St. Petersburg, FL