Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications are open for Africa Check/Facebook Health Fellowship Programme 2020. Based in the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Africa Check is offering this year-long fellowship, in partnership with Facebook, to deepen their health misinformation work.

Over the past several months, the Africa Check team has increasingly focused on debunking COVID-19 misinformation, and they want to expand their capacity to combat health misinformation and surface more reliable information to people.

Responsibilities

  • Researching and producing fact-check reports on key health claims circulating in public debate in South Africa and southern Africa;
  • Researching and producing health-related factsheets and guides to increase the public’s access to accurate and reliable information;
  • Acting as a spokesperson for Africa Check, including speaking at events, conferences and in the media on their health misinformation efforts;
  • Supporting their efforts to build impactful partnerships with reliable health experts and health bodies;
  • Monitoring both social and mainstream media and other relevant channels for health claims of concern;
  • Working with the Africa Check’s impact team to identify trends in health misinformation across the continent, and effectively communicate those insights to help us and others in the fact-checking and media community continuously learn and improve our approach to health fact-checking
  • Finding and implementing innovative ways to better coordinate their health misinformation efforts across four countries of operation;
  • Assisting in training workshops and other events for media, civil society organisations, the general public and policymakers;
  • The fellow will have access to training modules from third-party experts as well as from the team at CrowdTangle, Facebook’s social analytics tool.

Eligibility

  • Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree;
  • Five years’ experience in fact-related fields such as media, research and academia;
  • Specialist subject knowledge in health;
  • Well-honed nonsense detector;
  • Passion for news, and in particular health news;
  • Ability to act impartially;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to explain complex issues in simple language;
  • Strong numeracy, analytical and research skills;
  • Resilient self-starter who takes ownership of projects while working collaboratively in a team environment;
  • Fluency in an African language/French (advantageous);
  • Experience in working across diverse geographies and cultures (advantageous).

Application

Submit a CV with a cover letter explaining why you would be ideal for the position to info@africacheck.org by August 31, 2020 using the following subject line: “Application health fellow”.

In your cover letter, suggest a health claim in the news that should be fact-checked and importantly, why you think it matters, and what you would do to combat its spread.

For more information, visit Africa Check.

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