Social Media Fellow, MediaWise

Employer The Poynter Institute
Location Saint Petersburg, FL
Type Full time
Apply by June 1, 2022
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Posted on May 5, 2022


MediaWise, the Poynter Institute’s groundbreaking digital media literacy organization, is seeking a one-year social media fellow to produce engaging media literacy content across platforms, and assist with MediaWise’s growing youth media literacy efforts.

We’re looking for someone who is tuned into the world of mis- and disinformation, understands social media storytelling and has the skills to create innovative, platform-specific content for YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok on deadline.

In this role, the fellow will assist with MediaWise’s Teen Fact-Checking Network and Campus Correspondent programs — both national, virtual newsrooms made up of students who produce educational fact-checking and media literacy content for social media. Experience working with, or as, a student journalist is a plus.

The position is based at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Poynter is a leading trainer of journalism and journalists, and as a fellow, you’ll have access to some of journalism’s best training opportunities and thought leaders.

Our ideal candidate is a creative, self-starter who also values our mission of teaching people how to sort fact from fiction online. The fellow should have excellent editorial judgment, the ability to identify legitimate sources and a genuine interest in working with student journalists.

The MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN) is a national team of student journalists (ages 13-18), who produce fact-check and media literacy tip videos for social media. Billed as a fact-checking organization “for teens, by teens’ — the TFCN has debunked more than 600 claims across platforms. In 2020, the student-led newsroom was named a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles, becoming the first signatory that primarily publishes fact-checks by teenagers.

MediaWise’s Campus Correspondents are a diverse group of college students trained by Poynter to deliver fact-checking sessions virtually and in person to college classrooms across the country. The goal of the program is to empower students to learn how to tell fact from fiction online, and in turn, teach others to do the same. During the 2022-2023 school year, our third cohort of Campus Correspondents will focus on helping their peers learn to spot online falsehoods on social media and beyond ahead of the midterm elections. Previous cohorts were central to the success of the MediaWise Voter Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan program of The Poynter Institute that taught digital literacy skills to more than 1 million first-time voters in 2020.

We’re seeking to fill this one-year fellowship ASAP.

What you’ll do:
• Flag trending misinformation and turn around polished day-of debunks on a variety of platforms
• Assist with the editing and fact-checking of scripts produced by the Teen Fact-Checking Network and Campus Correspondents
• Keep records of fact-checked scripts, script quality, and script accuracy to help improve the writing processes
• Help coach a young team of teen journalists, and create a fun, virtual work environment for students
• Monitor misinformation trends and flag possible stories for the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network or Campus Correspondents
• Write and produce editorial content
• Help manage a social media editorial calendar
Provide some administrative assistance for MediaWise’s youth programming

Need to have:
• Relevant editorial experience
• Strong fact-checking skills and the ability to determine whether a source is credible
• Excellent copywriting/editing skills, with an emphasis on script and social media writing
• Understanding of the misinformation landscape
• TikTok/Instagram Reel know-how
• Good understanding of social media best practices
• Keen eye for design and is comfortable using Canva
• Good sense of humor

Nice to have:
• Familiarity with social scheduling and analytics tools
• Proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro
• Experience working in youth media

We are committed to diversity and an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position.

In order to be considered for this fellowship, please submit a resume, three writing samples and an original TikTok video that explains why you are interested in this fellowship (bonus points for creativity!) to Please also include in the body of the email links to samples of past social media content creation (this is not mandatory but strongly encouraged).

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2022.


Medical, dental and vision coverage are available with this position.

Hourly rate: $20.55, based on a 37.50-hour work week which is full-time.

Position is in St. Petersburg, FL with a hybrid work model in place. Remote arrangement is possible under the right circumstances.