Job Opportunity – Journalist/Researcher with Africa Check in Johannesburg!

Job Opportunity – Journalist/Researcher with Africa Check in Johannesburg!

Deadline: June 13, 2016

Africa Check, the continent’s first independent fact-checking website, is seeking an experienced journalist/researcher to join its growing Johannesburg-based team – testing the evidence for claims made on all sides of public debate and the media. 

Job Description

Investigating claims about a wide range of topics by politicians and others to hold them to account, using publicly available information to reach a verdict about the accuracy of a statement. Writing it up in an easily understandable way with extreme attention to detail. 

Benefits

  • A competitive salary.
  • A 13th cheque based on performance.
  • Lots of opportunity for learning and growth.
  • Cake club on Thursdays. 

Eligibility

The successful candidate must:

  • Have a well-honed nonsense detector,
  • Be politically non-partisan,
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree in an applicable study field,
  • Be glued to the news like other people are to Facebook,
  • Be able to solve the equivalent of a maths equation (a public claim in our case) with academic studies, expert opinion and logic,
  • Know the difference between a representative survey and an internet poll,
  • Lie awake at night fretting over a possible spelling mistake,
  • Be able to explain to their grandmother what a term like “confidence interval” is,
  • Have grit.

Advantageous:

  • Experience in business and economic journalism,
  • The ability to talk sensibly on television and radio,
  • Fluency in an African language/French,
  • Know Excel back to front.

How to Apply

  • Send a CV and cover letter explaining why you would be perfect for the post to [email protected] by close of business on Monday 13 June.
  • Attach a sample of your writing and suggest a fact in the news that should be checked.

For more information, visit Africa Check

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