Fact checkers

Himal Southasian, the region’s pioneering digital magazine of politics and culture, is looking to expand its team by hiring a fact checker. Selected candidate will report to the Editor.

Major responsibilities:

  1. You will be responsible for verifying the accuracy of everything we publish.
  2. You will be creative in seeking out information from all manners of sources, including but not limited to, journalistic reports in the public domain, documents produced by government and non-government bodies, books available online (or their previews in public domain) and academic works, among other things.
  3. You will ensure the timely fact checking of all the content the team is working on.
  4. You will assist the editors in doing the necessary research in the course of the development of an article in coordination with the editors.
  5. You will provide support to other aspects of our publication process.


  1. Strong written and spoken English-language skills.
  2. Interest in meticulous details, and the ability to exercise sound judgment in the choice of sources and the process of verification, in consultation with the editors.
  3. Keen interest in Southasian history, economy, culture, geopolitics and current affairs.
  4. Some experience in journalism, editing, reporting, researching or writing.
  5. Candidates with experience working for an academic journal or unusual work projects like independent research are also encouraged to apply.

Contract Duration: One year with possible extension upon satisfactory performance. The position, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is open from December 2018 onward, subject to the candidate’s availability.

 Salary: LKR 50,000 – 70,000, based on skills, ability, experience and proven performance

 Deadline: Please submit the application with your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest in working with Himal Southasian, and a one-page note on ‘The role of fact checking in journalism today’ (300-600 words), no later than 18 November 2018 midnight Sri Lanka time to [email protected] with the subject line: “Application for Fact Checker”. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a fact-checking test and interview.