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Researcher for Project Oasis

SembraMedia seeks 43 researchers for Project Oasis. Academics, journalists, and other researchers who have experience working with independent digital media in Northern Europe, Southern Europe, or Central and Eastern Europe are encouraged to apply.

Launched in March 2022, Project Oasis is a research project designed to study the sustainability of digital native media organisations in 43 countries across Europe. At the end of this year-long project, the Project Oasis research team will publish a directory in English with individual profiles for each featured media organisation. This directory will be searchable, interactive, and feature more than 1,000 media organisations. It will be accompanied by a comprehensive report that highlights regional trends and top findings for the digital news sector across Europe.

One researcher will be hired per country, and for the duration of the study, they will focus specifically on analysing the independent digital news sector in that particular country. The full list of 43 countries can be found below.

The researcher will be compensated for:

  • 6 hours of training at the beginning of the programme
  • 10 hours of writing to produce a two-page summary highlighting the trends and top findings about the country you are hired to research (all researchers will also receive credit in the final report and on the Project Oasis website.)
  • Researchers will also be paid for each media profile submitted to the directory. We expect to find 10 to 40 media sites per country that qualify, and estimate that each short profile will take about three hours to produce. (Payment will be based on the total number of profiles produced per country, which will be determined by working in conjunction with the research team.)
Tasks:
  • Create a proposed list of 10 to 40 digital native media from your country that you believe qualify to be included in the directory. (Training and support will be provided to help with this evaluation process.)
  • Organise and conduct interviews with the leaders of the selected independent digital media organisations in your country between May 2022 and November 2022, using Project Oasis’ questionnaire.
  • Record data from each interview, and enter it into SembraMedia’s data collection system, compiling a profile of each media organisation.
  • Write a 2-page country profile summarising key trends and takeaways from your respective country, which will be included in the final Project Oasis report (with author credit).
Responsibilities:

Project development and training:

  • Participate in three strategy and training meetings with the Project Oasis Director and the Regional Research Manager responsible for your region (Northern Europe, Southern Europe, or Central and Eastern Europe), and your fellow researchers to prepare you for the research phase.
  • Work with the Regional Research Manager and with Project Oasis’ Director to develop a list of digital media organisations that are suitable candidates in your country, which you will then narrow down to a final list of organisations to interview.
  • Attend regular calls with the Regional Research Manager to report on progress and flag any potential roadblocks.

Questionnaire and data collection:

  • Identify the most appropriate leaders to be interviewed at each of the target media organisations identified.
  • Make contact with those leaders, introduce them to the goals of Project Oasis, and secure their consent to participate.
  • Ensure each media organisation signs a memorandum of understanding regarding their participation, including clear communication about how their data will be securely stored and protected by SembraMedia.
  • Arrange a time and date for each interview. Interviews should be conducted remotely via video (or audio) call.
  • Conduct interviews using the Project Oasis questionnaire within the timeframe outlined by your Regional Research Manager and Project Director. (If, for any reason, you are unable to carry out your assigned interviews satisfactorily and or/within the timeframe, SembraMedia may bring in additional researchers.)
    Enter interview data into SembraMedia’s data collection form.
  • If interviews were conducted in a language other than English, work with the Regional Research Manager to ensure translation to English prior to entering the data in the data collection form.
  • Review and edit data to ensure all data from interviews is entered into the database correctly and is well written in English.
  • If necessary, follow up with media leaders to collect any missing data after interviews and add it to the database.
  • Provide the Regional Research Manager and Project Director with local context on data that may warrant further analysis.
Required experience:
  • Knowledge of the independent digital media ecosystem in the country you are applying for, as well as an understanding of the overall European media ecosystem
  • Strong writing and interviewing skills
  • Detail-oriented work ethic with a track record for completing projects on time

Contract Dates: May 2022 to November 2022
Languages: Must be fluent in English, other languages are a bonus

Location: Remote position. Must be based in one of the following European countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia (including Kosovo), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, or Turkey (please indicate which country you are applying for in your application form).

For more information and to apply please click here.

Status: Closed

Organisation: SembraMedia

Deadline: 05/05/2022

Location: Remote

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