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Media Matters for America is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast ... Read more

Mission: Comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

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    Pros

    There is a strong culture of promotion from within, so people who are dedicated and hard workers can often see rewards if they're willing to stick around. I found if you show them that you're putting in the effort to produce and improve they'll invest in you. They are extremely loyal and will fight for their workers; they are less good about communicating how hard they are fighting for you, though, which can lead to misunderstandings.

    Cons

    Long hours and turnover (particularly among the entry level jobs) leads to a lot of stress. There is occasionally an unwillingness to be upfront with people when the work they are producing isn't great, which leads to unhappiness as people don't understand why they didn't get a raise or promotion. I worked there for many years, however, and I can say that election years are the most stressful; on off years you have much more room to explore and try fun new projects.

    Advice to Management

    Better, consistent feedback for employees helps, and general communication overall. When one person gets promoted over another, give the full staff a story about why the person who was promoted really went above and beyond -- not everyone sees every piece of work or late night.

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    Issue Researcher Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Media Matters for America (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied online via an email listed on the jobs section on the MMFA website. The position was for a researcher with one of their issue teams.

    Three days after submitting a résumé and cover letter, I received an email from one of their assistants asking if I was interested in interviewing. I responded affirmatively and was promptly invited for a face to face appointment with one of the issue directors the following week.

    The interview lasted about an hour and covered the responsibilities of the position as well as my past experiences. Questions included providing a hypothetical response to an incident of misinformation as well as your main source of news. During the conversation, the interviewer also outlined the selection process consisted of three steps, an initial interview (which was taking place), a timed writing test to assess writing and analytical skills, and a follow up interview before the final selection is made.

    The next day, I wrote a short note to the interviewer thanking them for their time. Approximately one week later, I received a short email - from the assistant who initially reached out to me - expressing appreciation for my participation in the process and that I was no longer being considered.

    Interview Questions

    • What are you currently reading for pleasure?   1 Answer
    • What is your main source of news?   1 Answer
    • Provide an example of misinformation and how you would respond to it.   1 Answer
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