Free Press for Eastern Europe is a non-profit organisation and is based in Prague. Free Press for Eastern Europe supports independent media outlets with their work across the continent. Free Press for Eastern Europe closely collaborates with its founding partner Free press Unlimited (Amsterdam).

Currently, Free Press for Eastern Europe (FPEE) is implementing a project that aims to build a community of organizations and experts from Europe and beyond committed to increasing the quality of medical reporting and building bridges between journalists, editors, and scientists who work on health-related topics.

FPEE is currently looking for a Disinformation Researcher who will be part of an international project empowering quality health and medical journalism in Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. We are looking for a researcher who will focus on identifying and analyzing medical and healthcare disinformation in Central Europe. 

This position requires at least two years of experience in the field of disinformation analysis of Central and Eastern Europe. This role will help to expand the knowledge of our partner publishers about what drives narratives and audience interest in the topics related to medicine and healthcare, as well as a better understanding of the impact of state-sponsored disinformation. 

Your research will be focused on, but not limited to, using qualitative and quantitative analysis as well as data science techniques to identify and explain the origin and spread of narratives around medical and healthcare disinformation in Central Europe. Your task will include the monitoring of related research in the field. You will work closely with the project’s audience analysis and editorial teams to support their day-to-day activities. 

Working as a part of an international team, you will be monitoring the disinformation narratives, categorizing and labeling them into a database, and helping the partner newsrooms use the data to empower their editorial decision-making. This role is consultative and collaborative. 

Duties:

  • Conduct continuous open-source investigative research into disinformation operations in Central Europe related to medical and healthcare topics: targeted information; environments, evolving technical methods, and the impact of these operations regionally 
  • Maintaining and populating the database of disinformation narratives;
  • Support the project’s team on designing more effective audience targeting strategies related to the topic;
  • Gather and analyze relevant narrative data using various quantitative methods/techniques;
  • Identify additional research avenues and gaps in the current literature;
  • Assist broader reporting, as needed.

Skills and abilities:

  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience;
  • Fluent in English. A professional-level research proficiency in one of the target; region’s languages: Bulgarian/Czech/Hungarian/Romanian/Polish/Slovak is and advantage;
  • Proven skills in quantitative research methods and programming languages (e.g. R, Python, SQL, etc.);
  • Knowledge of basic open-source research methodologies;
  • Detail-oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • High degree of digital literacy and familiarity with popular social media platforms in the region;
  • Basic knowledge of the regional politics in Central and Eastern Europe as well as a general overview of the local media landscape and news consuming patterns.

We offer
an output-based part-time freelance contract, in a dynamic international environment with an NGO-based compensation package. FPEE uses fair selection criteria based on equal opportunities.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter and CV to hr@fpee.eu.

The expected start date is the 2nd half of January 2022. The closing date for this post may be brought forward or extended depending on the volume and strength of applications.

We reserve the right to contact selected applicants before the deadline date. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

A screening and references are part of the application process.