Fact-Checker, PolitiFact | Focus on Spanish misinformation

The Poynter Institute   Saint Petersburg, FL   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on November 18, 2022

PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning politics fact-checking organization, is seeking a fluently bilingual reporter to help us deliver fact-based information to Spanish speakers in the United States.

We’re looking for a reporter who understands how to effectively communicate with Spanish speakers of different ages and backgrounds across the U.S. — whether that’s through a written fact-check, a WhatsApp audio message, or a quick social video post. More than 90 percent of what you produce will be in Spanish.

We’ll be counting on you to help us connect with communities who historically have not had access to fact-checked information. Your fact-checking and communication skills will help our audience understand how a video or photo was manipulated, the missing context behind a political claim, and why facts matter. Some days, you will be explaining the truth behind a viral Instagram video, other days you may be fact-checking a claim from the president of the United States.

This reporter must have full professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English. We’ll strongly consider candidates who have a passion for truth-telling, who are eager to learn, and who understand the value of debunking misinformation amid an extremely polarized political environment. PolitiFact has been publishing Spanish-language fact-checks sporadically for more than a year, but we aim to create a full Spanish-language version of our website.

Candidates must embrace PolitiFact’s core values of accuracy, independence, transparency and fairness. (Read PolitiFact’s “The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter” for more details.)

PolitiFact is part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which aims to create best practices to guide quality journalism around the world. That goal is best served by a multi-generational staff who embody a range of life experiences and viewpoints. We are committed to diversity and an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.

PolitiFact has offices in both St. Petersburg, Florida, and Washington, D.C. We prefer candidates in those locations, but remote work is a possibility. The salary range is between $50,000 and $65,000, based on criteria that include work experience and job location. This is a full-time position that includes a standard benefits package, access to Poynter training and a two-week paid winter break.

Please send five reporting/writing or multimedia samples (at least two should be in Spanish), a resume and a letter explaining why you’d be a good fit to deputy editor Miriam Valverde at hiring4@poynter.org. We will begin considering candidates as soon as applications are received.


No phone calls, please.