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Sri Lanka fact-check correspondent

AFP is seeking a reporter with strong digital investigation and precise writing skills to join its Colombo bureau to report on disinformation in Sri Lanka.

The role is an exciting opportunity to be a part of AFP's fast-growing fact-checking network, which is taking a leading role in the fight against fake news across Asia and globally.

The successful applicant will be required to write daily reports in English about disinformation in Sri Lanka.

The position requires an agile journalist who can easily navigate Sri Lanka's underworld of online and digital disinformation, whether that be on major social media platforms such as Facebook, discussion boards or encrypted chat apps. As such, the applicant must demonstrate an expertise in digital verification techniques and tools, as well as be able to easily detect fake news.  

The role also requires an ability to work in a fast-paced, multimedia newsroom and meet tight deadlines. While the reporter will specialise in fact-checking, duties may also extend to other roles in the bureau depending on the demands of daily news coverage. Other media skills -- including in photography, video and graphics -- are an asset.

The role will start in March.

Please apply to with a CV and a covering letter of less than 400 words explaining why you are interested in the job and suitable for it.


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