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MVJ Information Integrity Project Seeks Research Consultant

By May 10, 2024May 15th, 2024Resources

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Position Title: Research Consultant – Emerging Trends in Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation

Location: Remote

About Us: Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) is a professional association that supports veterans in the media by fostering community, promoting career growth, and advocating for newsroom diversity through veteran hiring. Led by veterans and military family members, MVJ collaborates with news outlets, educational institutions, nonprofits, and other partners to create opportunities for veterans in the media industry. MVJ also helps news organizations diversify their staff by serving as a talent pipeline. Established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in May 2019, MVJ has over 1,000 members nationwide, including both working and aspiring journalists.

Position Overview: We are seeking a research consultant to delve into emerging trends in conspiracy theories and propaganda affecting military and veteran communities. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in understanding the dynamics of online propaganda, the ability to critically analyze various sources of information, and a commitment to uncovering truth and promoting factual information.


  • Conduct in-depth research on emerging conspiracy theories and propaganda campaigns across various online platforms and communities, especially military and veteran online communities
  • Provide weekly report of findings using our template
  • Monitor and analyze trends, patterns, and narratives within conspiracy theory and disinformation ecosystems.
  • Identify key actors, influencers, and sources propagating conspiracy theories and disinformation.
  • Identify what knowledge is missing and other circumstances that may make people vulnerable to emerging trends
  • Collaborate with internal teams to develop insights, reports, and recommendations based on research findings.
  • Stay updated on the latest developments and methodologies in the field of counter-misinformation and disinformation research.
  • Present findings and insights to internal stakeholders as needed. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Communication, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or related field OR relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience or strong interest in researching conspiracy theories, disinformation, online communities, or related topics.
  • A passion for serving the military and veteran community.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Familiarity with online research tools, data analysis techniques, and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to non-partisanship, accuracy, objectivity, and ethical research practices.

The above qualifications are preferred but not required.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time contract position with flexible hours. The candidate will work remotely and should be available to attend occasional meetings or check-ins with the team.

Compensation is $25-30 per hour, based on experience, with an expected workload of 20 hours per week. This is a 1099 contract position on an at-will basis for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension to three years, dependent on funding. Further details regarding project timelines, deliverables, and communication protocols will be provided upon hire.

Military Veterans in Journalism is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those with diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities.