Reporting to: Managing Director
Hours of work: 40 hours per week / some flexible evening and weekend hours, plus international travel required.
In February 2019, First Draft is launching CrossCheck International, a global network of journalists, researchers and analysts working collaboratively to investigate and accurately report instances of mis- and disinformation, and campaigns of manufactured amplification. CrossCheck International projects bring together multiple news organisations around the world, and First Draft will be supporting this work by opening a number of regional bureaus throughout 2019. These bureaus will be hosted by partner universities to help us achieve our mission of upskilling and providing real world experience to the next generation of journalists via student newsrooms and other initiatives, designed in collaboration with university faculty.
As a Research Analyst, you will based in First Draft’s London headquarters (by Kennington Park) reporting to the Managing Director. Your job will be to support and amplify the work of the editorial team by researching and writing public reports on the main trends emerging using data produced by the bureaus. You will also be responsible for leading research for First Draft, whether that’s user testing for products and platforms, or research about the disinformation landscape more generally. This position is suitable for someone who has been working as a research analyst for at least three years. We are seeking people who are passionate about tackling the challenges associated with mis- and disinformation.
- Designing and implementing processes for data collection, analysis and storage.
- Running queries and analysing data, both First Draft internal data as well as available external data.
- Designing strategies to test and evaluate new areas of research in different regions and contexts.
- Assisting with the preparation of white papers and observation reports to help shape understanding of the threat and nuance of information disorder, for internal and external audiences.
- Working in partnership with our product design team to develop strategies for capturing and evaluating data responsibly.
- Working with our digital content team to help package and present findings in visual formats that are engaging and easy to understand.
- Line management of Research Assistant.
- MA in Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management or Statistics or equivalent experience.
- Three years’ proven experience working as a data analyst/data scientist.
- Proven ability to use popular programming languages for: gathering, cleaning and analysing large datasets; interacting with APIs; scraping data from websites; and network analysis. Knowledge of cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services.
- Knowledge of statistics and experience using R or Python (e.g. Pandas, NumPy, SciPy) for data analysis.
- Knowledge of SQL.
- Written and spoken fluency in English.
- Confident communicator with excellent report writing skills.
- Understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with capturing public and user data.
- A broad interest in world news and knowledge of global politics.
- Experience of qualitative research.
- Experience of staff management or leading a small research team.
- Fluency in one additional language.
How to Apply
We are extending the deadline for applications to February 11 at 20:00 GMT. We require a CV, which includes details of two recent employers who could provide relevant references. You may also choose to share links to any relevant social media profiles, plus one or two recent examples of your work.