Opportunity: Research Assistant, Alternative Media Ecosystems
Dr. Rebekah Larsen, a current Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, is hiring a research assistant to support various projects on exploring alternative media ecosystems.
Main tasks would likely include:
- Mapping alternative media ecosystems in terms of actors, influences (including policy and regulation), and topics such as electoral (mis)information.
- Review and analysis of radio broadcasts and interview transcripts with journalists, station owners, and editors.
- Literature reviews around such diverse topics as: media and identity (e.g., class, race, religion, rural/urban); contemporary digital platform and broadcast media dependencies (US); platform policy exportation in connection to colonialism (globally); and more!
- Attending and note-taking at relevant events (academic and public-facing)
Depending on the candidate’s interests and skills, other work could potentially include:
- Working with and analyzing largescale audio datasets, pulled nationally from thousands of talk radio streams. This could include sentiment analysis using NLP.
- Archival work at the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (in Boston)
- Helping plan and run an event about on-the-ground research in polarizing environments
Below are some preferences, but you do not need to fulfill every qualification to apply.
- Familiarity with and/or interest in (conservative and broadcast) media and social change—this can be from your own academics or life experience!
- Familiarity with qualitative coding platforms such as NVivo or Atlas.ti.
· This position is currently hybrid (remote and in-person meetings are both possible, though with preference for in-person during the semester.)
· To be eligible for this position, you must be a currently enrolled student at Harvard University.
· The time commitment would range between 5 - 15 hours per week, but with some flexibility as to when you wish to frontload hours.
· The period of work would be through the rest of the academic year, with potential to carry on into the summer (depending on funding).
· Unless otherwise noted, the hourly wage for the above positions is $21 per hour.
· No other benefits are provided.
· We do not have the ability to provide authorization to work in the U.S.
To Apply: Please send your current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience to Rebekah Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “Research Assistant - Alternative Media Ecosystems”
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