Wes Media Project–Short-term Job Opportunity

Short-Term Job Opportunity with the Wesleyan Media Project

Are you interested in the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act? Want to know more about how it’s being covered in the media? Looking to get involved in faculty research at Wesleyan?

The Wesleyan Media Project and Professor Erika Franklin Fowler are seeking interested students for a short-term project related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The positions: We are looking to hire and train several students by Thursday, October 24. The positions will involve data collection and analysis of local television news coverage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

Qualifications: Applicants should be highly motivated, detail oriented, and organized.

Compensation & Hours: $9.00/hour. Hours are somewhat flexible and students can work from their personal computers. We expect students to work 10+ hours/week (30-80 hours total) through November 15, with the potential for additional work depending on the project’s needs.

Application instructions: Send an email describing position fit and prior experiences and current resume or CV to:

Laura Baum, Project Manager, Wesleyan Media Project  lbaum@wesleyan.edu

Background: The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. In 2012, our data on ad spending were cited in over 550 stories (many thousand placements) by over 300 news organizations, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN.  Our primary goal is to enhance the ability of scholars, citizens, and journalists to hold government accountable by providing the only publicly available, real-time information on how special interests are attempting to influence American democracy, in general, and political campaigns, in particular.