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Fact-checking Journalist, Lagos
Starting date : as soon as possible
Closing date for applications : April 14, 2022
AFP is seeking an English-language journalist with strong digital investigation skills to join its Lagos bureau as part of the international fact-checking team
You will cover online misinformation in Nigeria and the wider region as well as support factcheckers in other bureaus in Africa.
The position is until the end of the year but could be extended. We are looking for 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. 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 collaborate as part of a global team
You will have a keen interest in and deep knowledge of West Africa. Experience of living in other parts of Africa will be a major advantage.
You 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 worldwide issue of misinformation among our audience.
This 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.
You will need to demonstrate an ability to work under pressure and be available to work evenings and weekends when necessary. You must have native-level English. Knowledge of local languages and/or French/Arabic/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.
Only short-listed candidates will be informed of financial conditions
Please submit by April 14 your resume and cover letter to:
Africa director: Pierre.Ausseill@afp.com
Lagos bureau chief: Patrick.Markey@afp.com
Head of Fact-Check Africa: Nina.Lamparski@afp.com