Senior Research Reporter - APAC (Full Time Fixed Term Contract)
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Senior Research Reporter – APAC (Full Time Fixed Term Contract)

First Draft’s Australia bureau is based at the Centre for Media Transition, UTS, Sydney.

About Us

First Draft is a global non-profit with a mission to empower societies with accurate information. Through partnerships with news, research, technology and civil society organisations, we work to ensure the integrity of the world’s information ecosystem. We host a global verification and collaborative investigation network through our CrossCheck initiative, work with our expanding community to conduct innovative and experimental research projects, and develop online and offline training designed to expand and embed best practices in organisations that are trusted to provide information to their communities.

First Draft operates as an independent entity with headquarters in New York. The Sydney bureau is based at the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney.

About the Role

We are seeking people who are passionate about tackling the challenges associated with misinformed information. First Draft requires a full time, fixed term Senior Research Reporter in Australia. The initial focus will include the upcoming federal elections but will also require high-level experience in monitoring, discovery and drawing themes from influence operations, disinformation campaigns and health and climate misinformation. The ideal candidate will have experience in applying data journalism skills related to Information Disorder for empirical research analysis.

Major Responsibilities and Skills

You will assist the Bureau Editor in daily monitoring and verification duties, flagging instances that warrant further investigation. You will note the effect of misinformation on communities and prepare strategies to support journalists and the media to combat this.

You will have at least five years experience in the systematic monitoring of online verification projects with advanced skills and knowledge of OSINT techniques.

You will be responsible for creating daily alerts and contributing to the publication of weekly summaries and bespoke briefings that provide wider context and analysis of trends and tactics in our region.

You will pitch longer form stories for the First Draft website which may include data analysis to help make sense of trends and issues and reach a wider international audience.

First Draft’s CrossCheck collaborative projects are a core part of our operations and as such you will have excellent rapport and networks with news media and be confident in delivering training to journalists. From time to time this may include delivering training to other misinformation ecosystem stakeholders such as communications professionals, academics, policy makers, students and the general public.

The ideal candidate will have experience reporting on complex verification projects against the strictest industry standards and ethics and meet First Draft’s Responsible Reporting guidelines. This will include providing public quotes to the media (as agreed by the Bureau Editor and APAC Director) representing First Draft.

You must be a team player, have immaculate attention to detail and sub-editing skills. Advanced digital skills, current knowledge of monitoring and verification tools and cultural sensitivity are a must. This role is offered as a full time fixed contract until June, 2022 with the possibility of renewal.

Experience in empirical research utilising data journalism and digital methods is highly desirable.

Experience and knowledge of mis- and disinformation in the APAC region, and a second language is highly desired.

How To Apply

To apply, please email your resume with two reference contacts and three examples of relevant work, as well as a cover letter explaining your interest in the role to Anne Kruger, First Draft Director APAC: [email protected]

Closing date: October 22 at 11:59pm (AEST) 2021.

About First Draft

Our Mission

Today, we need access to accurate, reliable information more than ever before. But it’s never been harder to know what and who to trust, and never easier to be misled.

Misinformation is damaging our communities, all around the world. At First Draft, we work to empower people with the knowledge, understanding, and tools needed to build resilience against harmful, false, and misleading information, in the moments that matter.

Everything we do starts with collaboration. We bring together a global network of journalists to investigate and verify emerging stories. We work with our partners to conduct innovative research projects and develop pioneering training programs. And we share cutting-edge digital tools to help both content creators and the public make better-informed judgments about the information they encounter online.

Our Values

Our core values underline the work we do. Our work is pioneering, and conducted with rigor, empowerment, empathy and integrity.

Recruitment Policy

First Draft is working to build an inclusive team. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, identity, or lifestyle. We actively encourage applications from people who may traditionally face barriers to entering the fields of journalism, research, product design and training, such as access to education or work experience.

Successful applicants will be offered a position based on their demonstrable knowledge, skills and interest in our work and overall mission. All First Draft employees will be expected to take an active role in maintaining a positive and supportive work environment, as part of a proud, unified, considerate and respectful team. Examples of this are a willingness to support and encourage the professional development of colleagues alongside your own, and an openness to listen to and accept suggestions and criticism in an often challenging and high-pressure environment.

First Draft prioritizes the welfare of its staff and actively promotes the awareness and prevention of vicarious trauma and other mental and physical illness associated with researching distressing content, and the long-term impact of sedentary or solitary working.