We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/) — a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization based in New York City. We're hiring!

Job Description

The Markup seeks a Data Reporter to work on a new journalism project covering what content the social media platforms choose to amplify to their users.

The Data Reporter will be part of a nationwide effort to create the first statistically representative panel of Facebook and YouTube users. The panelists will use a tool created by The Markup to allow us to monitor what is being broadcast to their social media feed. The Markup will use this data (with personal information from panelists redacted to protect their privacy) for a reporting project.

The Data Reporter will be responsible for sorting through the data we collect and finding story leads to chase down. The Data Reporter will write a daily newsletter summarizing the findings from the data we have collected and occasional stories for our website or with publishing partners. If you are a reporter who is not scared of spreadsheets and an interest in the disinformation ecosystem on social media, this is an amazing opportunity to write stories off of an incredible dataset of social media feeds.  

This is a temporary position that ends January 31. 

The deadline for applications is October 31.

Responsibilities

  • Sort through data to find story leads.
  • Report out stories based on those leads.
  • Write a daily newsletter summarizing our findings from the data.
  • Ability to write quickly with precise language.
  • Strong attention to detail and fact-checking. 

Qualifications

  • Proven ability to write news articles on deadline.
  • Have shown a flair for digging through data for stories.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of how disinformation travels through social media.
  • Are passionate about accuracy.
  • Write clearly and can produce easy-to-understand articles.
  • Are motivated by the issues of equality and justice.
  • Comfort with Excel, spreadsheet programs. SQL is a plus.
  • Work well with others.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time temporary position that ends January 31, 2021.  

Ideally, this role would be based in New York, but since we all live on video-conference now, we are open to a remote option for strong candidates. 

Here’s what you should know about us

We investigate how powerful actors use technology to reshape society. With little accountability or oversight, technology is affecting who we vote for, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, healthcare and have a comfortable life. You deserve to know more about how this is happening, and what you can do about it. 

This mission is woven into everything we do. We don’t take shortcuts -- even if that means searching high and low for the right newsletter platform or taking the time to perfect an investigation. We pride ourselves on an organizational culture that is inventive, rigorous, collaborative, and courageous. 

The Markup is committed to becoming an antiracist organization. And as an organization led by women, we do our best to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do -- of which hiring is just a part. We encourage you to ask us about what concrete steps we are taking in service of these ideals. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people. A college degree is not required. Grit, wit, kindness, and a strong work ethic are necessary. 

Come do your best work with us. We’re excited to meet you!

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the form below and submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips and 3-5 stories you would want to pursue with access to the social media feeds of a nationally representative panel. Please do not contact the hiring manager directly, and please do not send a resume to staff at their individual email addresses.

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, don’t hesitate to contact jobs@themarkup.org. 

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, country of origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. 

 

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