Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa.
The goal of Africa Check’s work is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent. Since 2012 we have fact-checked more than 1600 claims on topics from crime and race in South Africa to population numbers in Nigeria and fake health cures in countries around Africa.
Based in the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Africa Check seeks to appoint a
Health Fellow (Full-time)
We are offering a year-long fellowship, in partnership with Facebook, to deepen our health misinformation work. Over the past several months, our team has increasingly focused on debunking Covid-19 misinformation, and we want to expand our capacity to combat health misinformation and surface more reliable information to people.
Key responsibilities include:
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 our health misinformation efforts
Supporting our 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 our 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
Finding and implementing innovative ways to better coordinate our health misinformation efforts across our 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
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)
Submit a CV with a cover letter explaining why you would be ideal for the position to email@example.com by 31 August 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.
Should you not hear from us within two weeks from the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
We hold public figures accountable
For democracy to function, public figures need to be held to account for what they say. The claims they make need to be checked, openly and impartially. Africa Check is an independent, non-partisan organisation which assesses claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting fact from fiction and publishing the results.