Africa Check, the continent’s first independent fact-checking website, is seeking a deputy editor to join our growing Johannesburg-based team.

People across Africa make decisions every day based on the best evidence available to them, and often that information is misleading or just plain wrong. Our award-winning reports – published on our site and discussed and republished in wider media – reveal the truth behind the claims.

Job description:

Identifying important claims in public debate to be fact-checked. Briefing researchers. Editing reports to ensure that they are error-free and easy to read. Writing headlines and taking ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the work you put out.

Please apply if you:

  • Have a well-honed nonsense detector,
  • Are politically non-partisan,
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree in an applicable study field,
  • Can write accurate click bait,
  • Have been compared to Steve Jobs in the perfection you expect of subordinates,
  • Can take the text equivalent of Joburg mine dump vegetation and turn it into a Chelsea Flower show exhibition,
  • Are willing to put your pinky on the chopping board that each report you publish is faultless.


  • Experience of handling news from around Africa, including Nigeria or Kenya,
  • The ability to talk sensibly on television and radio,
  • Fluency in an African language/French.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary,
  • A 13th cheque based on performance,
  • Lots of opportunity for learning and growth,
  • Cake club on Thursdays.

Send a CV and cover letter explaining why you would be perfect for the position to by Monday 25 July. Also suggest a claim in the news that should be checked.