£28,000-£34,000 depending on experience; Central London; standard working hours 9am-5pm
Applications close at 10am on Monday 18 March

Full Fact, the UK’s independent factchecking charity, is looking for a journalist to join our award-winning and growing editorial team. Your work will be seen by millions and help tackle the harm caused by misleading information.

You’ll combine a deep understanding of the internet and how information spreads online with a commitment to objective, evidence-based journalism and the highest standards of accuracy and attention to detail.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of journalism experience, although if you’re working in a related field (such as research or communications at an evidence-based organisation) we would still encourage you to apply. You’ll understand what really matters to people, and be able to write about complicated information in a clear and engaging way.

It’s a unique opportunity to do important journalism where quality and impact take priority over deadlines and clicks. (Of course, you’ll still be able to turn around sharp, accurate copy quickly under time pressure.)

If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. We are happy to talk flexible working.

What you’ll do

Working as part of our editorial team, you’ll research and write impactful articles that give people the information they need and help reduce the harm that misinformation can cause.

Focusing on factchecking online information, you could end up covering everything from dodgy health claims to contentious political topics, or from verifying photos and videos to covering events in real time.

You’ll also be able to spot patterns and identify bigger issues in how misinformation spreads, work out how to gather evidence about these topics, and communicate that in way that makes people pay attention. We want our work to have positive impact and drive real change in the world.

We don’t expect any candidate to have experience in all the areas you might end up covering, so flexibility and a willingness to learn on the job will be key. We are a small but fast-growing team, so we’re looking for people who are adaptable, supportive and show initiative.

What we are looking for from you

Skills and experience

  • 3 years experience in journalism or a similar field
  • Some experience of verifying or debunking online information
  • An understanding of what it takes to meet the highest standards of accuracy and balance
  • Some things that might be desirable: experience of photo and video research, a degree of comfort handling data, or understanding of medical and scientific information
  • Bonus: video, graphics, or data visualisation skills

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in
  • A genuine understanding of and commitment to our charitable objective of promoting well-informed public debate

Political impartiality and sensitivity

  • You are committed to the political neutrality of our work and a have good understanding of impartiality (please see the rules on our website https://fullfact.org/about/jobs/)

What we offer

Starting salary of £28,000─£34,000 (plus pension) depending on experience.

25 days holiday plus bank holidays. We also close the office for a period between Christmas and New Year.

Comfortable and attractive office by St James Park and Piccadilly with good transport links.

Employee Assistance Programme.

How to apply

Please email the Editor, Tom Phillips, on jobs@fullfact.org in confidence with a CV and a covering letter. 

We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter.

Applications close at 10am on Monday 18 March

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