Open Society Foundation’s Media, Information and Journalism Program will support the integrity of independent and investigative journalism as a crucial field for open society, while ramping up work on digital platform governance and regulation, including the accountability of governments to curb platforms’ digital power. The new program will use grant making, advocacy, strategic litigation, research, and knowledge-sharing to understand the implications of digital advances, address the interlinked challenges of regulating influential digital actors, combat political and corporate interference in independent journalism, and advance effective information policy.
The Director of the Media, Information, and Journalism Program will lead a team based in London, Berlin, New York, and Washington D.C. and work closely with an advisory board to set direction for a new, integrated four-year strategy. The Director will know both the information and journalism fields, and bring deep experience and knowledge in at least one of them. They will understand the evolving issues and challenges shaping the digital media ecosystem, including how digital platforms intersect with government policy and business regulation worldwide. The new director will also be skilled at working within diverse cultures and contexts both internally and externally, since OSF is a network grant making in 140 counties and with staff and boards in 40 countries. Whatever their area of specialisation, the successful candidate will be up to date on emerging trends in their field, knowledgeable about where valuable advocacy, action and research is taking place, bring a rich network of professional relationships from these fields, and a passion for defending and advancing open society.
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