Communications Trainee

We’re hiring

A trainee for paid work in Communications at our award-winning media literacy organisation

 

Are you a recent graduate looking for a Brussels-based traineeship? Here’s a chance to join our award-winning team that tackles disinformation in Europe every day.

News literacy organisation Lie Detectors is hiring trainees for meaningful work as part of our project to promote media literacy and take on disinformation. You must have drive, an eye for detail and be fluent in English plus French. Our traineeships last for a minimum of four months and are full-time (40 hours per week).

We are currently recruiting trainees for a December 2021 start date. Traineeships are being filled on a rolling basis and applications will be stored for up to four months.

Lie Detectors is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Lie Detectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

Lie Detectors strives to maintain a healthy work/life balance for its team.

 

Responsibilities of the Trainee

  • Participate in the administrative and communications functions which support our mission of turning schoolchildren into powerful critical thinkers.
  • Correspond by email with journalists and teachers in English plus German and/or French

Potentially co-moderate digital visits of journalists into classrooms

  • Independently conduct internet and phone research in English plus German and/or French.
  • Complete administrative tasks (word-processing, reporting, filing of documents, PowerPoint presentation, scheduling, etc.).
  • Maintain an orderly database, enforce order in our filing system.

 

Qualifications

  • Studies towards or completed a Bachelor’s or similar degree/work experience in Communications, Journalism, Education, Government, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism, education, and media literacy.
  • Professional fluency in English plus German and/or French.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Dynamic and pro-active.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organised.
  • Familiarity with MS Office.
  • Familiarity with contact databases such as Salesforce.
  • Ability to work independently from a home office.
  • Available from December 2021.
  • Commitment to work for Lie Detector for at least 4 months.
  • Familiarity with education and/or media in Austria, Belgium or Germany a plus.

 

Communications

  • A confident written communicator in English plus German and/or French.
  • A confident oral communicator to potentially co-moderate classroom visits.

 

Administration

  • A confident communicator and researcher in English, plus German and/or French.
  • A detail-oriented and structured thinker able to maintain orderly systems.

 

We offer

  • Meaningful work which has an impact on a globally timely topic.
  • An exciting international workplace.
  • Dynamic team.
  • Full support for a COVID-safe home office until we return to our office
  • Opportunities to learn new skills.
  • Opportunities to learn about the fields of journalism, education and public policy.
  • A paid traineeship.

If you’re right for the role, email us at jobs@lie-detectors.org

with the subject “TRAINEE” today!

Application for December 2021 recruitment: 26 November 2021

 

About Lie Detectors:

 

Our award-winning organisation aims to turn schoolchildren in Europe aged 10-15 into powerful lie detectors and critical thinkers in a world increasingly populated by propaganda and distorted facts online, empowering them to understand news media, make informed choices and resist peer pressure as they assemble their worldview.

  • To turn working journalists and selected media experts into active participants in the drive for news literacy, creating positive contact between journalists and children as well as their teachers.
  • To attune teachers to digital media risks, to the tools available to counter it, and to the benefits and relevance of further classroom discussion of a topic often relegated to IT lessons and after-school clubs.
  • To create memorable classroom experiences and lasting awareness of children’s own participation in social networks; to propel pupils into an ongoing conversation of news consumption and verifying news.
  • To provide a link between schools and the very best existing news-literacy and news-verification initiatives.
  • To influence educational policy-making through continued public speaking in varied fora, advocating for the systematic uptake and inclusion of news literacy in the curricula of teacher-training colleges and classrooms across Europe, as urged by Unesco and OECD. As part of this remit, Lie Detectors has served as a member of the EU’s High Level Group on Fake News, advising the European Commission on how to tackle the spread and socio-economic impact of disinformation.