Social Media Fellow, MediaWise


St. Petersburg, Florida

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Date Posted May 04, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


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.

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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).


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.

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2022

No phone calls, please.


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