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Tracking the truth: studying the journalists covering misinformation




MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

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Ethan Zuckerman

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Project Description

The Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab is looking for a UROP to join our Media Cloud team for media research and analysis work during the Spring 2020 semester. There is the possibility for the position to continue through Summer 2020 if interested. Researchers on our Media Cloud project conduct media research and analysis across a variety of verticals. Our current work includes an ethnography of the work practices and priorities of journalists covering hate speech and mis- and disinformation and research and analysis of various media ecosystems. As a UROP, you will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to these initiatives through the following tasks: Coordinate and conduct research interviews Communicate research findings Take ownership of evaluating media sources and collections to update English-language collections in Media Cloud We want this position to address the research interests and career development priorities of the UROP working with us, and we will work to ensure that expectations established at the start of the UROP are met through the course of the semester. You are encouraged to take initiative during the semester, and are welcome to publish blog posts and research summaries on the Media Cloud website as the semester progresses. This work will help the UROP gain skills related to: media analysis and research, ethnographic research methods, archives and database management, and research communication.


* MIT COUHES certification (or willingness to complete such certification the first week of the semester) for working on human subjects research. * Demonstrated interest in journalism, journalism research, and/or database management is preferred, but not required.