“World leaders in tackling information disorder and collaborative journalism projects”
Reporting to: Marketing and Press Manager
Hours of work: 40 hours per week / some flexible evening and weekend hours, plus international travel required.
In 2019, First Draft is launching CrossCheck, 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 bureaux will be hosted by partner universities to help First Draft achieve its 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 we undertake this expansion, we are building a social team to disseminate accurate news-critical information, inform the next generation of journalists, and raise awareness of our projects internationally. As Community Editor, you will be responsible for ensuring high quality information reaches the right people, at the right time, on the right platforms, through the First Draft, CrossCheck and affiliated social accounts, newsletters and blogs. This will include scheduling day-to-day posts, as well as conceiving and overseeing campaigns that support our objectives. You’ll also monitor and nurture our growing communities across the globe, which includes journalists, academics, and policy makers, by building relationships through social media, email, and support with events. As Community Editor, you will be based at our London office, which includes a dedicated studio and event space for hosting and streaming workshops.
You will be based in our London headquarters, reporting to the Marketing and Press Manager.
Write and schedule posts for our communities, including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, email and blog
Conceive and oversee social media campaigns to advance First Draft and CrossCheck’s work
Produce graphics and videos using Adobe CC
Build a loyal community surrounding our work by monitoring mentions and responding to stakeholders through social media
Monitor performance of social posts and accounts, using insights to inform future content creation
Guide international First Draft bureaux and CrossCheck social strategies by sharing A/V assets, insights and strategic advice
Build an engaged press community, by researching local, national and international press figures and building relationships at events
Support drafting of press releases and event planning
Support our community of international partners by hosting regular online member ‘events’ such as live presentations, chats and Q&As, debates, etc.
Test platforms and messaging apps to build communities of citizen ambassadors, students and trusted influencers around the world.
First Draft undertakes practical journalism projects in the field, to research effective methods for tackling information disorder online. It also provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.
First Draft is working hard to build a diverse and inclusive team in each of our locations. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, identity or lifestyle. We actively encourage applications from individuals who may traditionally face barriers to entering the fields of journalism, research, product design and training, such as access to education or work experience.
Successful applicants will be offered a position based on their demonstrable knowledge, skills and interest in our work and overall mission. All First Draft employees will be expected to take an active role in maintaining a positive and supportive work environment, as part of a proud, unified, considerate and respectful team. Examples of this are a willingness to support and encourage the professional development of colleagues alongside your own, and an openness to listen to and accept suggestions and criticism in an often challenging and high-pressure environment.
First Draft prioritises the welfare of its staff and actively promotes the awareness and prevention of vicarious trauma and other mental and physical illness associated with researching distressing content, and the long term impact of sedentary or solitary working.