Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- seeks a candidate with strong research instincts, intellectual curiosity, Spanish fluency, and enthusiasm for our mission to join our Research Department team as an OSINT Researcher focusing on Spanish language misinformation in a full-time contract position through the end of August.
The role has the potential to be extended at the end of the contract term. This short-term contract position will be remote due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis.
Role Summary: The OSINT Research Contractor works with a team of Researchers focused on social media monitoring and will utilize search queries that target topics and misinformation related to the Research Department’s platform accountability and misinformation work. In particular, the OSINT Research Contractor will engage with Media Matters’ initiative focused on identifying and responding to misinformation in Spanish or in English and targeting Latino audiences.
- Reports to: The OSINT Research Contractor reports to the Deputy Research Director focused on the Internet Misinformation Team.
- This is a nonmanagerial position.
- Strategic Research
- Complete timely, short- and long-term research assignments and misinformation alerts using Media Matters’ internal databases, external research tools, and/or independent online research.
- Package research into easily accessible and understandable internal and (where appropriate) external products.
- Contribute to collaborative, long-term research projects as assigned.
- Utilize either current or new tools to gather data and examples of extremism and harmful misinformation/disinformation spreading on established and emerging platforms.
- Product Production
- Pitch and execute internal and (when appropriate) external research products, harnessing strategic thinking and intellectual curiosity.
- Media Monitoring
- Identify and track specific instances of misinformation and disinformation as they travel on and across various platforms and online spaces.
- Perform exploratory media monitoring tasks for specialized outlets and media landscapes, including new platforms.
- Develop a strong familiarity with Media Matters’ best practices for identifying synthesizing emerging trends and potential priority narratives.
- Knowledge of open source intelligence techniques (OSINT) -- source analysis, network/spread analysis, reverse image searching, Boolean keyword searches, geolocation, etc.
- Demonstrated interest in media -- specifically online misinformation/disinformation -- and understanding of the effects conservative misinformation and harmful conspiracy theories have on the public debate.
- Demonstrated strategic, creative, and thorough approach to completing research tasks large and small.
- Meticulous attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to accuracy in research.
- Ability to quickly synthesize information about new topics and identify the most critical or interesting parts of a specific story.
- Ability to multitask and adjust in fast-paced and high-pressure situations within a 24/7 news cycle.
- Flexibility to work within rapid news cycles, sometimes outside of typical 9-5 hours.
- Ability to adapt to new technologies and systems quickly and effectively.
- Strong writing and analysis skills.
- Fluent Spanish skills.
- Experience in a remote work environment.
- Experience with reporting or research on public health, science, medical misinformation or related fields.
- Experience working with Google Sheets and/or Excel to organize and analyze data.
- Experience in producing deadline-oriented web content and/or complex research reports against hard deadlines.
- Bachelor’s degree or experience in communications, English, journalism, media studies, political science, public policy, sociology, or a related field.
- Familiarity with AP style for writing and grammar.
- Familiarity with social media research tools such as CrowdTangle, BuzzSumo, NewsWhip, or similar.
- Native Spanish speaker.
Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation based on experience. This short-term contract position is not a member of the Media Matters bargaining unit.
How to Apply:
Please visit https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.
Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.