Fact Check Editor at Gannett (Washington DC)

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Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.

Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.

To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.


USA TODAY is seeking an editor to join its Fact Check news team. This editor will help lead a team that investigates viral misinformation on social media, seeking to debunk falsehoods and elevate truthful information. Fact-checking requires attention to detail, critical thinking and a commitment to truth and meaningful context. Fairness, accuracy and excellent news judgment are paramount, as are strong editing, research and time-management skills. The editor should also be a team player capable of working collaboratively with editors and reporters throughout our news operation and, on occasion, with journalists across the 250-plus local news sites in the USA TODAY Network.

Washington or political-reporting experience is a plus as is experience with fact-checking and the misinformation beat. This position could involve weekend or evening work and will be attached our Washington, D.C., bureau, but you would be eligible to work in remote location. The position reports to Martina Stewart, the senior editor in charge of the Fact Check team.


  • Edit and publish fact checks across a variety of topics
  • Coach reporters with varying levels of experience
  • Lead not only on reporting and accuracy but also fairness and context.
  • Optimize content, paying special attention to headlines, SEO and fields visible to social audiences.
  • Use social media and other tools to spot high-interest items.
  • Uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity, ethics and credibility.
  • Interact with social media users as necessary related to fact-checked content

  • Bachelor's or master's in communications, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5 years of experience in journalism, with editing experience and strong editing skills
  • Solid news judgment
  • Top-notch planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Command of media law and principles of ethical conduct
  • Experience with storytelling techniques on multiple platforms
  • Understanding of metrics, social media and SEO
  • Self-motivation and self-direction

Minimum salary: $72,000


Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. As such, we will consider all qualified applicants for employment and do not discriminate in connection with employment decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee's race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, personal appearance (including height and weight), sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy status (including childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), education, genetic characteristics or information, political affiliation, military or veteran status or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state and local laws in the jurisdictions where Gannett employs employees. In addition, Gannett Co., Inc. will provide applicants who require a reasonable accommodation, as a result of an applicant's disability or religion, to complete this employment application and/or any other process in connection with an individuals' application for employment with Gannett Co., Inc. Applicants who require such accommodation should contact Gannett Co., Inc.'s Recruitment Department at [email protected]

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  • Job Function Consumer
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