We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/)—a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City. 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, and 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.

Job Description

The Markup seeks a part-time Newsletter Researcher to assist the Editor-in-Chief with research, reporting, transcribing and fact-checking for her weekly newsletter, Hello World.

The Researcher will be responsible for coordinating reporting and research topics with the Editor-in-Chief on a weekly basis. S/he will reach out to possible interview subjects, schedule interviews, help transcribe the interviews and edit the transcripts. S/he will also report out possible newsletter topics and pre-interview potential newsletter Q&A subjects. 

This is a good job for an early career journalist who is trying to break into the business and is interested in how technology impacts society. If you are a dogged reporter, a good digger, extremely organized, technically literate and are interested in public service journalism, we want to hear from you.

This position will report to the Editor-in-Chief Julia Angwin. 

The deadline for applications is April 30.

Responsibilities

  • Regularly report and write research memos on topics related to the impact of technology on society.
  • Keep up to date on academic literature related to algorithmic bias, antitrust, content moderation and other topics covered by The Markup.
  • Familiarity with interviewing techniques and cultivating sources.
  • Comfort researching and assessing the strength of academic studies.
  • Ability to write up questions for an interview subject.
  • Ability to write quickly with precise language.
  • Strong attention to detail and fact-checking. 
  • Ability to work with the graphics and audience departments to gather visual assets and social media. 
  • Reach out to interview candidates and schedule interviews.
  • Transcribe interviews and edit those transcriptions to fit the newsletter format.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience researching topics and chasing down hard-to-pin-down facts.
  • Familiarity with reporting and writing news articles on deadline.
  • Strong organizational skills to keep track of multiple strands of reporting and research over many months.
  • Are passionate about accuracy.
  • Write clearly and can produce easy-to-understand research memos.
  • Are motivated by the issues of equality and justice.
  • Are not scared of numbers.
  • Work well with others.
  • Familiarity with research tools such as Lexis Nexis and PACER is a plus.
  • Familiarity with the technology industry is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a part-time hourly position comprising up to 10 hours per week. The rate will be established based on the successful candidate's experience, education and skills. This position is part of the bargaining unit represented by the NewsGuild of New York.

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 and resume. 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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