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 Spanish-language fluency, strong research instincts, intellectual curiosity, and enthusiasm for our mission to join our Research Department team as a Researcher.
This is a full-time position and will be remote through the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with a preference for candidates who are based in the Washington, DC., area.
Role Summary: The Researcher works within a team of fellow Researchers and Senior Researchers to tackle short- and long-term media research tasks on a daily basis. Researchers’ daily responsibilities include media monitoring; identifying emerging narrative trends and styles of conservative misinformation; fielding short-term, timely media research and fact-check requests; producing polished internal research products on specific topics, media narratives, or emerging stories; and working collaboratively on long-term, large-scale research projects. Researchers also regularly produce research-heavy written content for the Media Matters website. Researchers are generalists who must quickly get up to speed on the stories of the day, but they also have the support structure and opportunities to develop specialized interests within this set of core responsibilities.
- The researcher reports directly to the Research Directors and works closely and collaboratively with the Deputy Research Directors and fellow Researchers and Senior Researchers.
- This is a non-managerial position.
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Complete timely, short-term research assignments, using Media Matters’ internal databases, external research tools, and/or independent online research
- Package research into easily accessible and understandable internal research products
- Contribute to collaborative, long-term research projects as assigned
- Develop deep familiarity with Media Matters’ priority outlets, shows, and media figures
- Pitch and execute independent research projects and content, harnessing strategic thinking and intellectual curiosity
- Quickly draft public-facing Media Matters web content that presents context and facts in a compelling, streamlined, and research-centered way
- Contribute to organization-wide pool of daily media monitoring by tracking and internally flagging select broadcast, cable, radio, print and online news stories, as well as social media monitoring as assigned
- Perform standard exploratory media monitoring tasks for specialized outlets and media landscapes, such as local news or issue-specific media
- Develop a strong familiarity with Media Matters’ best practices for identifying and synthesizing emerging trends and potential priority segments and narratives during regular media monitoring
- Demonstrated strategic, creative, and thorough approach to completing research tasks large and small
- Spanish language fluency (candidate must be able to effectively research and produce written content about Spanish-language news narratives, outlets, and personalities))
- Ability to quickly synthesize information about new topics and identify the most critical or interesting parts of a specific news 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, often outside of typical 8-5 hours
- Ability to adapt to new technologies and systems quickly and effectively
- Strong writing and analysis skills
- Alignment with Media Matters’ work culture, including:
- Interest in media and the effects conservative misinformation has on our public debate, and an understanding of Media Matters’ mission and work
- Ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team setting
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis, organize long-lead projects, and quickly adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced news cycle
- Receptivity and responsiveness to both concrete and abstract feedback
- Dedication to accuracy, with the ability to prioritize and give keen attention to detail
- Experience in a remote work environment a plus
- Experience with reporting or research on public health, science, medical misinformation, online disinformation, data analysis, or related fields welcome
- Experience in producing deadline-oriented web content and/or complex research reports against hard deadlines
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Media Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, or a related field, or equivalent work experience
- Familiarity with AP style for writing and grammar
- Familiarity with media research tools such as LexisNexis
Compensation: Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This role is part of the Media Matters Union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 500. The salary for this position starts at $42,000, and is commensurate with experience.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
How to Apply:
Please visit https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please.
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.