TruthBuzz Fellowship: Fact-Checking That Makes the Truth Go Viral

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
  • Location
    Global, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

With the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is expanding its TruthBuzz initiative, designed to find new ways to help verified facts reach the widest possible audience.

TruthBuzz is currently looking for full-time Fellows to work in newsrooms in some of the most populous nations: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and the United States. Modeled on ICFJ’s Knight Fellowship program, TruthBuzz will embed experts in these outlets to help reporters adopt compelling storytelling methods that improve the reach and impact of fact-checking and help “inoculate” audiences against false or misleading information.

Currently, ICFJ has a strong preference for applicants living and working in the target countries. However, we’ll also consider applicants from Southeast Asia for the fellowship in Indonesia.

The goal of TruthBuzz: increase audience trust in news media by communicating fact-checked information in a compelling, sharable way. TruthBuzz Fellows will be change-makers who can drive the adoption of new ways of making facts go as viral. ICFJ will collaborate with First Draft, a project of the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

TruthBuzz was originally launched as a global contest to find new ways to help verified facts reach the widest possible audience. The winning entries from 2017, which included caricatures of politicians, time-lapse videos and an app modeled on a classic video game, identified novel methods to combat misinformation and share solid and instantly understandable fact-checking.

Want to be the TruthBuzz Fellow in the United States? 

Are you a media expert with a track record of success leading innovative projects in newsrooms? Do you have sharp audience-engagement skills? Interested in deploying your multimedia savvy to combat misinformation in the United States? If so, consider applying for a full-time, 12-month TruthBuzz Fellowship.

The deadline for the U.S. Fellowship is October 8, 11:59 pm (EST). To read the full criteria and TruthBuzz Fellow FAQ, click herePlease note, we have already selected a Fellow in Brazil, India, and Nigeria. 

Fellows will be embedded with two to three partner media organizations in each of the countries to: spur the production of compelling stories that fact-check and debunk misinformation. All Fellows will receive a monthly honorarium as well as a professional allowance to supplement their work with partner newsrooms.

To be considered, potential Fellows must submit an application including a project proposal with a timeline and an essay outlining their skills. Please click here to read the full application.

ICFJ will gather the selected TruthBuzz Fellows at ICFJ’s office in Washington, D.C., for an orientation. First Draft News and ICFJ will provide additional training to the fellows and the partner newsrooms in-country. The training will cover both the principles and techniques of fact-checking and verification as well as training on visual storytelling.

The Fellows in this program will be expected to share and communicate their innovations through ICFJ’s social media channel and our online platform, IJNet, which offers resources, tips and expert advice for journalists in seven languages. Over the course of the Fellowship, there may be opportunities for TruthBuzz Fellows to travel to conferences to share their work with wider professional audiences.

Want to be a newsroom partner? 

Interested in combating misinformation in your country? Do your meticulous fact-checks get lost in the news cycle? If you’re looking to make your fact-checking compelling for your audiences, consider working with an ICFJ TruthBuzz Fellow. We’re looking for partners in India and Indonesia who are excited about the idea of working with a media expert to spice up their already excellent fact-checking work.

As a partner, your newsroom will receive tailored trainings (at no cost to your organization) from First Draft News and ICFJ. Partners will also work side-by-side with a TruthBuzz Fellow for six months to get your fact-checking trending. The Fellowship in the U.S. will be full-time for a period of 12 months.  

Partners should be willing to let different teams work closely with the TruthBuzz Fellow. Please note, we have already selected newsroom partners in Brazil, Nigeria, and the United States. 

Preferred newsroom partner criteria:

  • The partner newsroom has to be located in one of the five target countries: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States
  • The partner should be engaged in regular fact-checking and be interested in innovative projects that take fact-checking viral.
  • The partner should have infrastructure to support the TruthBuzz Fellow including different digital teams (for example: an audience-engagement team, video team, interactives desk). The partner newsroom should be willing and able to continue the Fellow’s work after the program ends.
  • The partner should be willing to designate a point-person or two to liaise with ICFJ and First Draft staff.
  • The partner newsroom’s reporting must adhere to the highest ethical standards of fact-checking.

Application instructions

If your newsroom is interested in becoming a newsroom partner, please reach out to Alexsandra Canedo ([email protected]) or Cassandra Balfour ([email protected]).

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