Poynter’s MediaWise Voter Project is hiring 10-15 college students to teach digital information literacy to first-time voters

January 29, 2020

Here’s a high-paying part-time job that’s right for you if:

  • You’re a first-time voter.
  • You love telling stories on Instagram.
  • You enjoy public speaking.
  • You like spotting misinformation on the internet.
  • You appreciate fact-checking and journalism.

The Poynter Institute’s MediaWise Voter Project — a new election-focused media literacy initiative — is hiring a group of 10-15 Campus Correspondents to work with us through Election Day. Students from universities, college campuses, HBCUs, community colleges, technical or other school students from across America are all encouraged to apply.

Campus Correspondents will be invited to The Poynter Institute for training with the MediaWise team (all expenses paid) the weekend of March 6-8. During this weekend, Campus Correspondents will learn how to spot misinformation online, find reliable information about the election and learn how to train their peers on these important skills. Our Campus Correspondents will take their training back to their campuses and pass on their knowledge to their peers in weekly training sessions, and document their work on @MediaWise social accounts.

Selected students will earn $1,000 a month while school is in session until the November 2020 election for a total of $5,000. This position will require the same amount of work as a part-time job in which you work 10-15 hours a week up until the election.

Several campuses will also host the MVP Bus Tour at select football tailgates in the fall and certain Campus Correspondents will be invited to participate in the tour, teaching media literacy skills and documenting their work on social media.

Our ideal candidates will be:

  • A highly organized, motivated peer leader
  • Adept at social media, particularly Instagram
  • Good at public speaking and training
  • Committed to the cause of informing first-time voters with fact and not fiction
  • Extremely serious about this commitment

Candidates should take note of the following:

  • Preference will be given to students studying journalism, communications, politics or other media literacy-adjacent majors.
  • This effort is 100 percent non-partisan. Candidates for this position must strictly adhere to that requirement as it is core to the project itself.
  • You must be available to travel Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8. Travel on Friday can be arranged for afternoon/evening departures to avoid missing class.

Applicants will be asked to create an original Instagram story and submit a short essay.

Applications close on Sunday, Feb. 16. Finalists will be interviewed the week of Feb. 17-21, and our Campus Correspondents will be announced about Feb. 24.

To apply for a position, click here.

To read more about this initiative, read the release here.