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In 2019, First Draft is launching CrossCheck, a global network of journalists, researchers and analysts working collaboratively to investigate and accurately report instances of mis- and disinformation, and campaigns of manufactured amplification.

CrossCheck projects bring together multiple news organisations around the world, and First Draft will be supporting this work by opening a number of regional bureaux throughout 2019. These bureaux will be hosted by partner universities to help First Draft achieve its mission of upskilling and providing real world experience to the next generation of journalists via student newsrooms and other initiatives, designed in collaboration with university faculty.

Job Purpose

As we undertake this expansion, we are building a social team to disseminate accurate news-critical information, inform the next generation of journalists, and raise awareness of our projects internationally.

As Community Editor, you will be responsible for ensuring high quality information reaches the right people, at the right time, on the right platforms, through the First Draft, CrossCheck and affiliated social accounts, newsletters and blogs. This will include scheduling day-to-day posts, as well as conceiving and overseeing campaigns that support our objectives. You’ll also monitor and nurture our growing communities across the globe, which includes journalists, academics, and policy makers, by building relationships through social media, email, and support with events. As Community Editor, you will be based at our London office, which includes a dedicated studio and event space for hosting and streaming workshops.

Key Responsibilities

  • Write and schedule posts for our communities, including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, email and blog
  • Conceive and oversee social media campaigns to advance First Draft and CrossCheck’s work
  • Produce graphics and videos using Adobe CC
  • Build a loyal community surrounding our work by monitoring mentions and responding to stakeholders through social media
  • Monitor performance of social posts and accounts, using insights to inform future content creation
  • Guide international First Draft bureaux and CrossCheck social strategies by sharing A/V assets, insights and strategic advice
  • Build an engaged press community, by researching local, national and international press figures and building relationships at events
  • Support drafting of press releases and event planning
  • Support our community of international partners by hosting regular online member ‘events’ such as live presentations, chats and Q&As, debates, etc.
  • Test platforms and messaging apps to build communities of citizen ambassadors, students and trusted influencers around the world

Experience/Key Competencies:


  • Evidence of 1-3 years' experience managing and growing online communities
  • Understanding of current publishing functionality of Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and YouTube
  • Ability to use Adobe CC, specifically Illustrator or Photoshop and Premiere Pro
  • Experience in collecting, organising, and analysing social media analytics data
  • Experience in testing and adapting content based on engagement and impact measurement and metrics
  • Excellent standard of copywriting, editing and proofreading
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Good understanding of accessibility and web best practices
  • Familiar with the challenges and nuances of information disorder
  • Confident public speaker and presenter
  • Experience of drafting and implementing community guidelines to foster effective and healthy engagement


  • Fluent in one or more languages other than English
  • Experience in using social listening tools, such as NewsWhip, Sysomos, CrowdTangle, and BuzzSumo
  • Experience in creating and managing social media adverts
  • Experience in event planning

About First Draft:

First Draft undertakes practical journalism projects in the field, to research effective methods for tackling information disorder online. It also provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.

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