Reporting to: Research Analyst
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 Assistant, you will based in First Draft’s London headquarters (based near Kennington Park), reporting to the Research Analyst. Your job will be to support the collection and analysis of data created by the CrossCheck bureaus, and to assist in wider research of the disinformation landscape. This position is suitable for a recent graduate. We are seeking people who are passionate about tackling the challenges associated with mis- and disinformation.
- Provide support to the Research Analyst in collecting and analysing data, and writing up reports relating to CrossCheck International and other First Draft initiatives.
- Co-ordinate public events and focus groups to further inform and test First Draft’s work.
- Author blog posts and emails to First Draft subscribers and supporters to raise awareness of our experimental project and findings relating to the scale and threat of disinformation.
- Prepare internal briefings to ensure First Draft staff are informed of significant projects and developments relating to the topic of information disorder.
- Support the Research Analyst in the preparation of trends and tactics briefings to share with the CrossCheck International network.
- Work with the Training and Digital Content teams to help amplify and explain prominent reports and findings to the wider industry.
- Written and spoken fluency in English.
- Knowledge of popular programming languages for: gathering, cleaning and analysing large datasets; interacting with APIs; scraping data from websites; and network analysis.
- BA degree in Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management or Statistics or equivalent experience.
- Confident writer and speaker.
- A broad interest in world news and knowledge of global politics.
- Knowledge of SQL.
- Experience of conducting qualitative research.
- One year’s research work experience gained outside of a university.
- 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.