Fact-Checking Journalist, Montreal
Starting date: February 1, 2023
Deadline for applications: January 20, 2023
Global news agency Agence France-Presse is offering an exciting opportunity to be a part of its fast-growing digital verification network, which has taken a frontline role in combating misinformation, fact-checking and monitoring emerging narratives that shape public perceptions of news events around the world.
Based in Montreal, you will focus on misinformation in Canada and write fact-checking stories from around the country. The role requires an ability to work in a fast-paced multimedia newsroom and meet tight deadlines, working in tandem with AFP journalists in the United States and across the world. While you will specialize in fact-check writing, you may also be required to assist with other coverage in the Montreal bureau or to write news stories about disinformation.
You will closely monitor social media and strictly adhere to the Agency's guidelines on social media activity.
As a general rule, you will commit to respecting AFP's ethics charter as well as all the editorial guidelines in force and in the Agency's style guide.
Applicants must have strong writing skills. You will write in English but must also be able to translate articles from French. Good communication skills, both written and oral are necessary, as is an ability to multitask.
The position requires an agile journalist who can easily navigate major social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and encrypted chat apps. Experience in digital verification and investigation techniques and tools is desirable but not essential, as appropriate training will be provided.
The team in Montréal consists of two local francophone journalists, one fact-check journalist, one Bureau Chief and one assistant.
There is also an anglophone journalist based in Ottawa as well as a network of stringers in Toronto and Vancouver.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a leading global news agency providing fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the events shaping our world and of the issues affecting our daily lives. Drawing from an unparalleled news gathering network across 151 countries, AFP is also a world leader in digital verification. With 2,400 staff representing 100 different nationalities, AFP covers the world in six languages, with a unique quality of multimedia storytelling spanning video, text, photos and graphics.
If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter of no more than 250 words explaining your motivation and suitability for the role and your resume/CV to:
Montreal Bureau Chief: email@example.com
North America Head of Digital Verification: firstname.lastname@example.org
North America Human Resources Manager: email@example.com
AFP is committed to equal opportunities and greater diversity within its teams. We therefore encourage all applications in order to preserve the wealth of profiles, cultures and languages that constitute the strength of our network.