Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
Location: Remote first with an office available in Central London and regular team meetings in the office
Reporting to: Steve Nowottny
Employment Type: Permanent, or on a one-year fixed term contract if preferred. We are happy to talk about flexible working.
Application Closing Date: 30 June 2022
Introduction to FF and its culture:
Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking organisation, is recruiting a health fact checker to help lead our work combating health misinformation. If you have expertise in health, medical or clinical knowledge and an interest in communicating with the public, this is a unique chance to do ground-breaking work when it couldn’t matter more.
Focusing on health and in particular medical and clinical misinformation, you’ll be researching and writing fact checks, explainers and features, and will learn how to identify and expose patterns in misinformation. You’ll also use your expertise to help the wider Full Fact team - for example informing our policy and communications work - and will help build our links with organisations and experts who can reduce the harm that bad health information does.
Full Fact fights bad information. Our team of independent fact checkers, technologists and campaigners works to find, expose and counter it. Your work will be seen by millions and help tackle the harm caused by misleading information.
If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant.
Our health fact checker plays a key role within the editorial team at Full Fact, particularly during the pandemic when bad information has such high potential for harm.
This role could suit a medical professional looking for a new challenge on a temporary or permanent basis - our last health fact checker was a trainee GP taking a year out. Equally you might be a researcher, a specialist health journalist who’s covered medical and clinical topics, or have other experience working in the field.
In addition to the day-to-day fact checking there is also the opportunity to craft and deliver specific projects to further our work in this field, such as our recent collaboration with Pregnant Then Screwed.
Regularly monitor media organisations, social media, public figures and politicians for health misinformation
Pitch fact checks and features based on a good understanding of the health misinformation landscape and Full Fact’s aims
Produce accurate, engaging and publication-ready copy to combat the spread of bad information
Engage with other teams to further the work of Full Fact
Working with colleagues, hit weekly and monthly publication targets
Be Full Fact’s lead health fact checker, developing contacts, subject knowledge and expertise
Work with other teams within Full Fact, such as policy and communications, to ensure we have a good overview of the health misinformation landscape
Build links with other organisations and experts who can help reduce the harm that bad health information does
What we are looking for from you:
Strong research and writing skills
Political impartiality and sensitivity (please see the rules on our website https://fullfact.org/about/jobs/)
Good understanding of public debate in the UK and sensitivity to the political context Full Fact works in
Significant experience working in a health-related field, for example with a medical, clinical or research background or having covered medical and clinical topics as a specialist health journalist
An ability to understand and master new topics rapidly
Ability to build on pre-existing knowledge of health topics, for example by developing contacts
Understanding of digital channels, audiences and formats
An understanding of what it takes to meet the highest standards of accuracy and balance
Communication skills, and the ability to communicate with a non-specialist audience in any format
An understanding of Full Fact’s style and principles
Ideally experience of identifying and correcting misleading claims in public debate
What we offer:
Starting salary of £35,000 - £40,000, depending on experience, either on a permanent or 12mth contract.
25 days holiday plus bank holidays.
In addition, we close the office and give additional days off for a period between Christmas and New Year.
Day off for moving home.
Comfortable, centrally located London office with good transport links.
Employee Assistance Programme.
How to apply:
Upload your CV and cover letter using the link below by 10am on 30 June 2022.
We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter.
Please note that to keep our recruitment process open and fair, we will not negotiate salaries outside the advertised range.
Before applying, please read the requirements we place on staff to protect Full Fact’s independence and non-partisanship. https://fullfact.org/jobs/#standards
How the application process will work:
We want to see you at your best to understand your strengths and the contribution you could make at Full Fact with strong support, including for your learning and development. We also want to make sure that we use your time well during this process and don’t ask for more from you than we need to. We will make any reasonable adjustments we need to make to this process to help ensure you can perform at your best. For more information about this before applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interview panel will be Steve Nowottny (editor), Will Moy (chief executive) and Pippa Allen-Kinross (acting deputy editor).
The process starts off with an anonymised covering letter and CV. This will be read by at least two people to produce a shortlist for interview.
The first round interviews will be a phone (not video) interview, lasting no more than half an hour, at a time that’s convenient for you. We will record it so at least two people can review each interview to decide who we invite back for the second round. The recordings will be deleted at the end of the process.
The second round will include a structured interview and a timed task which assumes no prior knowledge. The task can be completed prior to the interview, at a time that most suits you.
The interview will be with the full panel by video and last no more than an hour. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to prepare, including anything we’d recommend reading in advance.