FACT CHECKING INTERN
Threshold seeks a motivated and precise fact-checking intern to ensure the accuracy of our upcoming reporting and podcast content.
This is a part-time position that will last 10 to 12 weeks. Our intern will receive $10 an hour for about 5 hours of weekly work, although the schedule is subject to the variability in our production cycle.
Our team works remotely. Candidates from all locations are welcome to apply.
We are committed to building empathy in our storytelling, and doing that effectively requires a wide range of perspectives. People of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR
You’re a dedicated journalist-in-training with a serious eye for detail. Formal training in fact-checking and journalism is a plus, but not required. You can dive into spreadsheets and old reports, scour the Federal Register, and sift through the full texts of legislation. And you can have fun doing it. You thrive on data and veracity. When you’re reading the latest news, you find yourself looking up the cited numbers and reports, just to make sure the reporters got things right.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
While this is not an editorial role, you’ll have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of crafting longform, environmental journalism while learning an important, marketable skill that you’ll use for the rest of your journalism career. You’ll be collaborating with our producers to make sure no fact is left behind.
Areas of responsibility include:
Identify checkable facts within our reporting
Log and organize those facts
Verify or correct information efficiently and accurately, with a focus on primary sources
WE URGE YOU TO APPLY IF THIS MOSTLY DESCRIBES YOU
Writer: You’re a writer at heart (and a total fact nerd) and seek to make stories both engaging and accurate.
Researcher: You dive into the depths of academic journals and public testimony. You dig through all the sources you can find to corroborate facts.
Detail-Oriented: You’re highly organized and don’t overlook the minutiae of the tasks at hand.
Collaborator: You value and seek contributions and feedback from your teammates. You both give and receive support and aren’t afraid to jump in when an extra pair of hands is needed.
HOW TO APPLY
We strongly encourage you to listen to at least one episode of each of our two seasons before applying. We are a mission-driven organization, and it’s crucial that our ethos and style align with your own.
To apply, please send us a resume and brief cover letter, including an answer to the question below:
How would you fact check the following? Please include sources:
“Scientists think polar bears will face extinction by 2050.”
Deadline to apply: September 25