Staff Reporter

Full Time – New York, NY

Job Description

NewsGuard’s journalists fight misinformation and disinformation using journalism. Our reporters research, investigate, rate, and review online news and information sources to produce detailed credibility ratings that assess each site’s credibility and trustworthiness based on nine journalistic criteria.

Journalists at NewsGuard use reporting skills to track down funding and ownership for anonymous websites spreading false narratives, to unearth potential conflicts of interest, and to track and debunk misinformation narratives spreading online and the news sources spreading them.

This role offers opportunities to write in-depth, high-profile reports about key trends and issues in online misinformation. NewsGuard’s reporting is regularly covered and cross-published in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, POLITICO, NewsWeek, STAT, and others. 

This position is a great fit for early-career or talented entry-level journalists. NewsGuard has promoted several internal candidates to senior analyst and editor positions since the company was founded three years ago.

Good candidates for this job will: 

  • Have excellent writing, reporting, and fact-checking skills
  • Have experience navigating social media platforms and apps for online disinformation
  • Research and fact-checking background a plus, although not mandatory.
  • Write concisely, simply and succinctly, avoiding jargon or flowery language
  • Pay careful attention to detail and check facts rigorously
  • Be curious, persistent, and willing to pick up the phone or dig deeper in the reporting process 
  • Have the ability to ferret out information, such as a publication’s ownership or financial backing, through reporting and research
  • Approach the role in a non-partisan, non-ideological manner—seeking to avoid applying their own biases or assumptions to their reviews and instead rating sites on basic concepts such as transparency of ownership, corrections policy, and more
  • Be eager and willing to work for a fast-paced, early stage startup where the product and processes are continually evolving
  • Be committed to NewsGuard’s mission and vision

Although some news experience is preferred, NewsGuard will consider entry-level applicants with excellent internship, college journalism, or other writing experience. 

While the ability to work from our Manhattan offices is a plus, it is not a requirement—we consider applications from remote workers seriously.

About NewsGuard

NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, propaganda, and misinformation. Our analysts, who are trained journalists, rate and review online news sources based on nine basic, apolitical journalistic criteria to help readers and viewers know which ones follow basic standards of credibility and transparency–and which do not. NewsGuard was founded by –Steven Brill (award-winning journalist and co-founder of The American Lawyer, CourtTV, and other companies) and Gordon Crovitz (former publisher of the Wall Street Journal). NewsGuard’s data is used by a wide range of companies and institutions to combat misinformation, including the World Health Organization, the U.S. State Department and U.S. Cyber Command, the U.K. government, technology companies such as Microsoft and BT, and a wide range of research and academic partners.

Building Trust For All

In order to restore trust and accountability in media, we need to build trust in NewsGuard among news consumers from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. That’s why we’re committed to creating a team that is diverse and inclusive in every way possible—one that brings a breadth of different experiences, beliefs and perspectives to the table. We aim to hire journalists from a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, political perspectives, geographical origins, gender identities, and more. NewsGuard is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Editorial Director Eric Effron — apply@newsguardtech.com.