Writer, Rapid Response

News · Washington, District of Columbia
Department News
Employment Type Full Time

Media Matters for America — a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media — seeks a Writer for its News Department.


This is a full-time position and will be remote through at least Labor Day 2021 due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with potential for long-term remote flexibility for the right candidate.


ROLE SUMMARY:

The Writer is primarily responsible for producing written rapid response media coverage and generating research and content ideas.


REPORTING STRUCTURE:

  • The Writer reports to the News Director.  
  • This is a non-managerial position.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:


Rapid response content creation:


  • Create rapid response content on a daily basis aimed at correcting conservative misinformation in the media to be published on the Media Matters website. This content will range from audio/video clips to fact checks to data-driven analysis. 
  • Identify emerging right-wing media misinformation on various topics and respond quickly with compelling pushback, necessary nuance, and missing context using clear and concise writing, with the goal of stopping such misinformation before it spreads further. 
  • Generate and pitch ideas for impactful and interesting content to publish on the Media Matters website/social media, based on news monitoring and review of Media Matters research products and proprietary databases. 
  • Use Media Matters’ content management system to post edited pieces to the website in line with established guidelines.


SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES:


Long-form content writing: 

  • As assigned/necessary, produce longer-form stories to tie narratives together.


Research

  • Contribute to internal research efforts, particularly around breaking news, as assigned.
  • Assist researchers or other staff members, such as video editors, as assigned/necessary.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:


  • 4+ years of professional experience in media, research, journalism, or a related field involving tight-turnaround written content production.
  • Ability to and interest in closely following national news and to shift priorities quickly depending on how the news cycle changes.
  • Strong familiarity with both traditional outlets and right-wing outlets on hot-button issues.
  • Passion for documenting media failures and influencing media outlets to do better.
  • Demonstrated experience using social media to track, engage with, and shape online media narratives.
  • Strong writing ability and clear communication style. 
  • Deep understanding of the effects of conservative misinformation and right-wing extremism on public debate.
  • Ability to engage on complicated, emerging topics in a careful manner.
  • Alignment with Media Matters’ work culture, including:
    • Interest in media and the effects conservative misinformation has on our public debate, and an understanding of Media Matters’ mission and work.
    • Ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team setting.
    • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis, organize long-lead projects, and quickly adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced news cycle.
    • Ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous assignments and quickly synthesize information about new topics.
    • Receptivity and responsiveness to both concrete and abstract feedback.
    • Dedication to accuracy, with the ability to prioritize and give keen attention to detail.



Compensation: Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This role is part of the Media Matters Union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 500. The salary for this position starts at $65,000-75,000 and is commensurate with experience.



HOW TO APPLY:

Please visit https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.


Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.



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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    News
  • Employment Type
    Full Time