District of Columbia
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 researcher for the Abortion Rights & Reproductive Health Program. The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Program at Media Matters monitors print, online, and broadcast media for conservative misinformation about abortion and reproductive rights more broadly.
The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Researcher will be responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and researching coverage of abortion rights and reproductive health topics in mainstream, right-wing, and non-traditional media. This includes conducting deep-dive research into how anti-abortion extremists are driving media narratives, as well as identifying sources of anti-choice misinformation -- particularly when misleading claims make the jump into wider media narratives or policy proposals. The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Researcher will be responsible for providing research to shape strategic priorities and partner engagements, as well as for producing both long term and rapid response content.
The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Researcher reports to the Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Program Director, or other program staff as necessary.
- Investigative Research & Narrative Monitoring: conducting in-depth research to make unique points about anti-abortion extremists, their media platforms, and anti-choice misinformation in right-wing and mainstream media outlets. The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Researcher is responsible for identifying abortion rights and reproductive health stories, monitoring their development, and identifying opportunities for intervention to correct harmful misinformation narratives.
- Content Generation: The Abortion Rights and Reproductive Health Researcher is responsible for producing a variety of content for the Media Matters website. This includes longform research items, as well as short-term or rapid response blogs. This position also assists the Program Director and other staff with executing long-term projects that analyze media coverage of abortion-related issues.
- Internal reporting: summarizing media monitoring and research in regular reports and briefs and flagging high-priority/high-impact developments as they emerge.
- General support: assisting in the creation of content related to research projects and providing additional research support related to program and organization priorities as needed.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree, preferably in media/communication, women’s and gender studies, public-policy, pre-law or legal studies, or finance;
- Breadth of knowledge or interest in media and the effect of misinformation in shaping public debate and policy;
- Exceptional research skills, including the ability to use basic research tools and more specialized databases such as Nexis; effectively synthesize data from numerous sources to identify patterns and trends of misinformation; ability to discern credible sources of information;
- Strong analytical thinking and communication skills, including the ability to identify central points of misinformation; create impactful research documents that synthesize large bodies of research or data sets and clearly communicate trends; think critically and novelly about finding information and be able to make sense of subtext;
- Independent and flexible, a self-starter who is able to creatively pursue new ideas and identify opportunities but is also able to contribute to wider team projects;
- And, the ability to effectively prioritize important assignments, triage competing priorities, and adjust based on breaking news, new findings, feedback, and changes in strategy.
- High level of familiarity with reproductive rights and reproductive justice advocacy, including knowledge of general trends of legal and political challenges to abortion access;
- Knowledge or experience conducting research into digital media tactics, platforms, and content strategies (i.e. how content manipulation occurs on Facebook, Twitter, etc);
- And, experience conducting research or investigative work on financial and public records of individuals and businesses.
Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. Salary for this position starts at $45,000, commensurate with experience.
Minimum Education Required
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.