Fact Checking Intern

Employer Madison Magazine
Location Madison, WI (remote)
Type Internship
Contact information Editor Andrea Behling, abehling@madisonmagazine.com
Apply by January 28, 2022
More details https://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/about-us/job-opportunities/
Posted on January 7, 2022


Location: Remote/Madison, Wisconsin
Start Date: February 2022
Application Deadline: Jan. 28
Hours/month: 25 hours (equals 6.25 hours per week)

Madison Magazine is seeking a remote fact checking intern. This person takes a careful eye to articles for print, checking dates, names, quotes, concepts, numbers and the like. The fact checker has monthly deadlines and verifies 12-14 articles a month. Monthly Zoom meetings with editors will take place at assignment and after each month’s submissions. These meetings will provide the intern with expectations, feedback and an opportunity to ask questions. Our hope is to develop the fact checking intern’s skills in at least a 16-week term. Fact checker should be available to answer questions or complete follow up fact checking after initial submission each month. The 25 hours will likely be spread out unevenly throughout the month based on when fact checking is assigned.

Applicants must have access to a reliable computer with internet connection and Microsoft Word. We’re looking for an excellent communicator with polite and professional phone skills, who also possess strong editing and news judgment skills. Prior experience with fact checking, editing or AP Style is helpful but not required. The ability to meet deadlines is crucial.

Fact checking is an integral part of our production cycle that helps us ensure our readers get accurate, up-to-date information. We fact check all stories for the following reasons, as cited in the SPJ Code of Conduct:

1. To take responsibility for the accuracy of their work by verifying information before releasing it and using original sources whenever possible.
2. To avoid the use of excuses of speed or format for inaccuracies.
3. To actively seek out plagiarism and always attribute.
4. To provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.
5. To be able to respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
6. To acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently by explaining corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly.
7. To abide by a set of high standards upon which we’ve built our reputation as a publication.

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Editor Andrea Behling, abehling@madisonmagazine.com