Position Title: Media Landscape Researcher
Location: This is a remote position for candidates based in Guinea
Type: Paid contractor position
Application Deadline: June 6th, 2021 at 12am GMT
Time period: 1st June to 30 June, 2021
About New Media Advocacy Project:
New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP) is a team of narrative strategists working at the intersection of communications, movement building, and cultural engagement. We recognize the power of story and narrative to change power structures and to promote equity and justice, and to accomplish that, we partner with and train nonprofits, activists, and coalitions around the world. Our roots are in human rights advocacy and visual storytelling, but we work across barriers to design narrative strategies informed by the science of framing, measurement, and strategic distribution. A leader in the narrative change space, we’ve established a global network through more than 100 civil society partnerships in 30 countries over the last decade.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
NMAP is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural workplace. As a human rights organization that addresses systemic injustices in all facets of society, we strive to promote the kind of equitable world we fight for alongside our global partners. We see diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core part of our mission and responsibility.
NMAP is looking for an experienced and organized media researcher to conduct a media landscape in Guinea.
NMAP is conducting media landscaping to identify the dominant narratives that currently promote development and mining in local media in Guinea. We are looking for a Researcher who is based in Guinea, that has experience conducting media research, and is familiar with the process of completing a media landscape analysis. We are aiming to understand how mining companies, particularly Chinese companies and investors, are portrayed in the media, and what the dominant media and cultural narratives that shape community beliefs and opinions on mining, development, and activism.
The Media Landscape Researcher will be responsible for identifying a list of sources (mainstream news, newspapers, TV, radio, social media, etc.), collecting a data sample, and analyzing the data collected. This research project will involve searching for articles on online news sites (using set search parameters), weeding out any non-relevant articles, reading the relevant articles and writing brief summaries, and doing a deeper analysis on language, tone and values of the stories and media samples collected.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Media Landscape Researcher will:
- Efficiently manage communication and induction with relevant media partners and national authorities
- Review documents provided by NMAP (research plan, survey tools, background materials, etc.) and make any recommendations to research plan based on Researcher’s own experience conducting community research
- Compile a comprehensive list of the most popular new sources in Guinea, including, but not limited to, newspapers, television, radio, and digital formats
- Collect media samples from the list of sources (following a set search criteria) as well as any relevant social media or other internet sources
- Assess the data sample to ensure it is a representative sample, and identify any limitations to the data
- Synthesize and analyze data, identifying trends observed in the data, such as dominant narratives, common story types and values, and top media channels and individuals
- Draft a summary of the research findings
- Submit quality deliverables online in French (transcripts of media items and their summaries, final field report, etc.) in a timely manner, as agreed with NMAP
- Communicate with other researchers and NMAP teams on a regular basis
- Collaborate to find solutions to any issues or challenges that emerge in data collection
- Ensure secure online and offline storage of research data and documentation
We are looking for someone who:
- Has a familiarity with and/or previous experience conducting media landscapes or other kinds of media research
- Is detail-oriented and organized
- Has the ability to analyze data and concisely summarise research results
- Has a demonstrated interest in media research, narrative change or strategic communications, and/or human rights.
- Has excellent written and oral communication skills in French. Fluency in English preferred but not required.
This is a contract position (not full-time) that will pay a flat fee of $1500 for the completion of the project, which will include a set of deliverables (list of sources, list of data collected, data analysis, and a summary of the findings).
The exact timeline and project details will be determined at the start of the contract with the Researcher. This position is not eligible for benefits.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume, a brief cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, and any relevant research work examples to email@example.com with the subject line “Guinea Media Landscape Researcher”.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
**Please note: Only short-listed candidates will be notified.