Every day, our team of analysts is busy rating news articles and episodes for both bias and reliability.
Each article or show is rated by at least three analysts–one left-, one center-, and one right-leaning, politically. All of our Media Analysts complete a training period that includes a thorough introduction to our methodology, as well as practice rating articles and other news content. We purposefully assign each analyst a breadth of coverage over as many sources as possible to enhance each analyst’s familiarity with sources across the spectrum.
Analysts generally score articles similarly following our analysis training, regardless of their political lean; however, when significant differences occur, the group engages in a conversation where analysts present their rationale for their respective scores.
We do not rate the merits of political positions. Rather, we place the content where it descriptively belongs relative to the current range of political thought within the United States. When scoring for reliability, our method focuses on classifying content along a continuum including fact, analysis, opinion, incomplete story, propaganda, and fabricated information.
All of the above minimizes the impact of analyst bias on reliability and source bias scoring. It results in a rating of sources that many individuals, instructors, and other stakeholders find helpful in navigating today’s news ecosystem.
Most of our analysts are currently part-time independent contractors, and fully remote.
- Has completed minimum grade 14, and/or 60 hours of undergraduate work
- Lives in the United States, and is politically/civically engaged
- Has a personal computer and reliable internet, and is able to troubleshoot basic technical issues
- Is familiar with a range of news sources
- Is familiar with party platforms and government systems in the US
- Is willing to divulge political leanings internally as required by our approach to analysis
- Demonstrates excellent reading comprehension skills
- Demonstrates excellent analytical skills
- Demonstrates ability to engage in sometimes difficult conversations, including on sensitive issues
- Demonstrates ability to see issues from multiple perspectives while also respectfully expressing a dissenting perspective when applicable
- Demonstrates a passionate interest in news media and contemporary US politics
- Demonstrates a desire to make a positive difference.
- Has achieved an advanced degree, or a highly relevant undergraduate degree, in Media, Journalism, Political Science, Linguistics, History, Sociology, Philosophy, or other fields requiring strong skills in analyzing information content.
- Helps contribute to the diversity of our team
- Helps contribute to the range of special subject expertise within our team
- Helps contribute to the range of skills within our team
- Demonstrates familiarity with identifying bias and reliability in news sources
- Demonstrates interest in Ad Fontes Media and our mission
Applicants will be required to complete a self-classification survey on personally-held political perspectives, along with an availability survey and skills self-assessment. All such information will be used only for the application process and for placement in a politically diverse analysis team and will be kept otherwise confidential except when analysts wish to divulge political leanings publicly.
Please note that we are not currently seeking new analysts. However, when we add a new group of analysts, we generally start our search by reviewing applications that have already been submitted. So we accept applications at any time.
Please complete both forms to be considered for employment. Resumes must be a PDF or Word document. We look forward to hearing from you!