Canada's National Observer is hiring a re-write editor and a reporter to team up on coverage of misinformation, propaganda and fake news. Here are the two job postings.
Cover misinformation, propaganda, fake news
National Observer is looking for a reporter to investigate the evolving world of news, rumours and propaganda spread throughout society using new technologies and digital media.
This is a broad and far-reaching beat that captures the intersection between technology and politics, including lobbying, regulations and privacy legislation, the strategies behind digital campaigns, the roles of public relations and crisis communications firms, hacking, threats against journalists, and the dark web.
As this reporter you will:
Investigate covert efforts to manipulate the way Canadians think through abuse of social media platforms.
Track how mainstream media may inadvertently repeat false narratives.
Reveal the origins of propaganda campaigns targeted at Canada from other countries.
Monitor and fact check narratives on hot button campaign issues such as immigration, climate change, pipelines and carbon tax, whether those narratives come from candidates or special interest groups.
Monitor Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, alternative media sites and special interest groups.
Frequently engage and post on Twitter about this issue.
As part of the beat, the reporter will examine sources of misinformation and how they spread, tracking rumours and online trends to figure out what people are consuming and how they are getting their information.
The reporter must demonstrate that they have a wide-range of sources from industry, government and politics, both in Canada and abroad.
In the coming months, this reporter will also be expected to carefully track and investigate the spread of misinformation, related to the federal election in Canada.
In addition to text, the reporter must be open to using podcasting and other multimedia techniques to amplify the story and connect with readers.
The successful applicant has at least five years of experience at a Canadian news media outlet with a proven track record and ability to report responsibly and write investigative articles, feature stories, profiles, and analytical pieces. They must have the capacity to make use of deep reporting to take readers inside the places and situations they report on. A desire on the part of the applicant to cover the subject aggressively is essential. Previous reporting in this area strongly encouraged. Applicants should submit examples of previous work, and a letter with thoughts on how they would approach the job.
The successful applicant must also be familiar with National Observer's ethical guidelines and the Canadian Press styleguide.
It is essential that applicants have a history of high-impact journalism. This reporter must be able to write accurately on breaking news, as well as deliver deep investigations. They must be open to collaborating and welcome feedback.
We will take applications until March 15. Position starts April 15, 2019
Canada’s National Observer is an award-winning digital-only news, analysis and opinion publication that values diversity and provides equal opportunities to all. We have offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa and work with reporters across Canada and occasionally in the U.S.
Post cover letter and resume here. We will only be in touch with candidates under serious consideration for the job.
A great editor is hard to find
An outstanding editor is one of the best assets a media organization can have. National Observer is looking for that rare editor who has the skill to take a story from good to exceptional. The editor's main responsibility will be to work with the reporter (described above) to deliver crisp stories that keep up with the news cycle. Here is what we are looking for:
Editorial imagination and force of intellect.
Exceptional facility with written language.
At least 5 years experience editing high impact journalism.
Facility with all the elements of packaging a story.
Outstanding headline writer.
The ability to turn a story around reasonably fast.
Knows how to edit for accuracy and essential details while expediting publishing; understands how to enhance stories iteratively through updates.
Demonstrates the ability to edit for grammar, style, sense, jargon, accuracy, structure, balance and fairness.
Upholds National Observer’s standards and ethics and is familiar with the Canadian Press styleguide.
Helps connect the content with the audience.
Eager to help build National Observer's reputation and audience; produce stories people will pay to read.
Your job will be to work closely with the reporter covering propaganda, misinformation and fake news. You will craft their daily reporting, social media posts and deep investigations into beautifully written pieces people can't stop reading. You will understand that the headline, teaser and first few lines of the story determine whether it is ever read, so you will put the necessary time into making these exceptional. When appropriate, you will also help select images for the piece and manage the creation of charts, graphs, etc. You will immerse yourself in the areas of fake news, propaganda and misinformation so that you have a depth of knowledge and context for the reporting.
Canada’s National Observer is an award-winning digital-only publication that values diversity and provides equal opportunities to all. We have offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa and work with reporters across Canada and occasionally in the U.S.
Post cover letter and resume here. We will only be in touch with candidates under serious consideration for the job. We will accept applications until March 20.
Starting date: April 15, 2019.