AFP is seeking an English-language editor with strong digital investigation skills to join its Johannesburg bureau as part of the international fact-checking team.
The position is for one year, renewable.
It requires an agile journalist who can easily navigate online and digital disinformation, whether that be on major social media platforms such as Facebook, discussion boards or encrypted chat apps.
An expertise in digital verification techniques and tools would be a big plus.
The role requires an ability to work in a fast-paced multimedia newsroom and meet tight deadlines, as well as collaborating as part of a global team.
The successful candidate will have a keen interest in and deep knowledge of southern Africa. (S)he will have the ability to explain complex issues at speed to an international audience.
While some of the output will only be posted on the AFP blog, much of the production will appear on the text wire under the FACTCHECK attribute in a reflection of the increased interest in the whole issue of misinformation among our audience.
The role is an exciting opportunity to be a part of AFP's fast-growing fact-checking network, which has seen it take a leading role in the global fight against false information online.
You must ensure the reliability of our news coverage and respect for the agency's editorial policy.
You should be familiar with the issues involved in handling user generated content and AFP’s guidelines concerning the use of UGC, especially to find and verify amateur videos.
Use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and networking apps is essential, in accordance with the guidelines for using social networks as an AFP journalist.
In an ever-changing media environment, the nature of the job could evolve in line with coverage demands and the requirements of an increasingly diverse client base.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an ability to work under pressure and be available to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
Mother tongue is English, but knowledge of local languages and / or French / Spanish would be a big plus.
You will also need to have : Solid news judgment and the ability to generate stories and uncover interesting angles, the capacity to react quickly to breaking news, and strong motivation.
Familiarity with social media, in particular as a news source.
Will be communicated to the candidates who will be shortlisted.
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