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Temporary Content Analyst Journalism

at Pew Research Center

Posted: 9/21/2019
Job Status: Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 6033
Keywords: media

Job Description

  • LocationUS-DC-Washington
    Posted Date2 months ago(8/16/2019 3:08 PM)
    Job ID
    Pew Research Center
  • Organization Overview

    Organization Overview

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Our work is carried out by a staff of about 180.

    Department Overview

    Pew Research Center is seeking temporary full-time coders for the Pew Research Center’s Journalism research area. Pew Research Center’s Journalism project studies the transformation of news information in three main areas: the search for new business models, changes in how consumers receive, share and add to news information and how those changes are affecting the reporting of news. In conducting this research, the project employs several different methodologies. Its goal is to help the public and those in media, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the revolution in news and media landscape.

    Position Summary

    The coders will have responsibility for research coding and must be motivated individuals with an interest in media and journalism. The coders will work 37.5 hours per week from September 30th to December 23rd.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Learn the codebook for a research project being conducted by the Journalism research team, master its rules and meet rigorous academic intercoder reliability testing standards
    • Conduct systematic analysis of news outlets and reporters through the use of lists, databases, social media research, and outreach
    • Database entry, maintenance, cleaning, and checking
    • Verification of data through research and fact-checking
    • Work closely with the project lead to maintain consistency with methodology and research standards
    • Careful documentation of evidence and process

    Knowledge and Skill Requirements


    • Must be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent grad with an interest in social science research.
    • Some research experience.
    • Experience with content analysis is desired, but not necessary. Training will be provided.
    • Must be an independent, detail-oriented worker, able to follow instruction and learn concepts quickly.

    FLSA Status: Non-exempt

    Pay: The position pays $15/hour and is subject to the employment policies of the Pew Research Center, including a confidentiality agreement.

    Location: Conducted at the Pew Research Center (1615 L St., NW, Suite 800).

    Application Procedure:

    A complete application will include the following required items:

    A cover letter highlighting your skills and describing in detail your quantitative and statistical experience, including use of specific statistical software programs (please also give an indication of your schedule, including which dates you are available).

    • A resume.

    Due to the volume of applications received, applicants will be notified only if they are selected for interviews.

    Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.