Lead Researcher

    • New York, NY



VICE Media Group is the world’s largest independent youth media company.  Launched in 1994, VICE has offices in 35 cities across the globe with a focus on five key businesses: VICE.com, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICE, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 21 offices around the world.  VICE's content has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabodys, Golden Globes, Sundance Film Festival, George Polk, Scripps Howard, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard and Webbys, among others. VICE Media Group’s portfolio includes Refinery29, the leading global media and entertainment company focused on women;  PULSE Films, a London-based next-generation production studio with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin;  i-D, a global digital and bimonthly magazine defining fashion and contemporary culture; and Garage, a digital platform and biannual publication converging the worlds of art and design

VICE x Team

  • Today there is an endless stream of stories from around the world that deserve our attention--VICE Audio uses the intimacy and urgency of narrative storytelling to explore the most important issues of our time. 
  • VICE Audio is responsible for the global production of VICE podcasts.
  • The VICE Audio Lead Researcher works as a team to tell immersive stories tied to a wide range of issues. We are audio-first, vérité focused, and borderless.  


Scope of Assignment x You

VICE Audio is producing several new limited series and a new weekly show with narrative documentary style and a global lens. We are seeking an experienced researcher to inform and elevate our reporting and narrative storytelling. 

Researcher serves as the lead team member on all things research-related: background and archival research as well as fact checking. They are responsible for overseeing and maintaining the highest journalistic and ethical standards for how and what information we incorporate into our stories. As such, the researcher is a key team member whose expertise  and professional insight will help shape the work of individual producers as well as the scope and arc of any given story the audio team is working on. You will be tasked with ensuring the quality of our research in general as well as helping the audio team set clear expectations about how we undertake research and fact checking as a team.

Ability to expertly carry out in-depth journalistic research and fact checking is a must. A tireless obsession with detail and a desire to contribute to a team dedicated to crafting stories that push the boundaries of narrative audio are essential. 


You have these:

  • At least 5+ years of experience doing research and fact checking in a journalistic context; this can be any medium (magazines, podcasts, documentary film, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of ethical standards for journalism and documentary, as well as the ever-evolving conversation around these standards
  • A fascination with facts and information
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask and work on more than one project at a time.
  • Experience working on a tight production schedule and translating ideas into action.
  • Self-direction and ability to work as part of a team.

We are open to working with journalists/researchers who don’t have audio specific experience but are keenly interested in audio journalism. 

We want to find people who believe in our goals and feel inspired enough to grow while they’re here to fill the role, rather than someone who checks the boxes but isn’t invested. We encourage you to apply and show us what you’ve got. 

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation.   The requirements and essential functions described above are not an exhaustive list and instead are meant to describe the general nature and level of work required of the job.  VICE reserves the right to modify the essential functions of this position where a legitimate business exists.

If you require reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please let us know.  We will work together to best meet your needs.

Working at VICE

VICE offers comprehensive benefits and compensation packages that are commensurate with experience and abilities. VICE editorial staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. To learn more read the VICE Guide to VICE 

VICE prioritizes the ideas and people that other media companies miss. We believe that innovation is a direct result of diverse, inclusive cultures so we don’t just “tolerate” differences, we celebrate it and see it as essential to our staff, culture, and business.

Additional VICE benefits include but are not limited to trans-inclusive benefits, fertility benefits, and tuition reimbursement. We also have dog-friendly days, bagel Fridays, and the occasional drag show in our conveniently located Williamsburg office. Day-to-day you can enjoy a rooftop garden full of edible produce (in the summer), beverages, healthy snacks and the opportunity to make the work of a lifetime if you’re into that sort of thing, which we hope you are.

Equal Employment Opportunities: VICE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to create and maintain a workplace that celebrates inclusion and diversity.  At VICE, we understand that inclusion and diversity are major benefits to our employees, our readers and viewers, and our company culture.  We treat all applicants and employees fairly without regard to age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, status as a veteran or active military service member, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

VICE requires that all employees have proper authorization to work in the U.S.  Should an applicant require employment sponsorship, VICE will determine, in its sole discretion, whether such sponsorship will be provided.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the New York City Fair Chance Act or other applicable laws.

VICE Media Group is not partnering with agencies nor accepts unsolicited resumes and will not be responsible for any fees or expenses related to such unsolicited resumes and/or applicants.

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