Position Overview

Annotator, Freelance

We are looking for several freelance annotators to immediately join our team. Our annotators review and categorize pieces of streaming and other media, including movies and television series. Your work will contribute to our understanding of narratives about the representations of governments in media and will be used in a machine learning project.

Position Description

The Job

Our human-in-the-loop models leverage both human and artificial intelligence to categorize news articles and other content into narratives. We’ll train you on how to use our annotation platform, Labelbox. We’ll share our definition of government and provide you with information about media, including a description of the media generated by artificial intelligence, to review and categorize. We may also provide you with streaming access so that you can watch the media. You will review the content expeditiously, while also being sure to understand it, in order to determine whether the content includes a representation of a government.

In a future stage, we will share our definitions of different types of governments and ask you to review relevant content to identify the type of government depicted in the media.

When you have questions on annotations, you’ll reach out to us on a dedicated, internal, and private Slack channel so we can respond quickly!

Approximately 3 month commitment from each Annotator.

Hours, Rate, etc.

  • Up to 15 hours per week, dependent on project needs
  • $18/hr
  • Remote
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months
  • Rolling start dates in May, 2024


  • Fluent understanding of written and spoken English
  • Ability to read expeditiously with accurate and comprehensive understanding
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to complete focused work on a computer for several hours at a time
  • High attention to detail, with the ability to review large volumes of similar materials and recognize distinctions between content
  • Interest in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Business, Communications, Journalism, or Marketing a plus but not required


To apply, please email admin@harmonylabs.org a copy of your resume or a link to your updated LinkedIn profile. Within the body of the email, please include a brief (2-3 sentence) explanation of your interest in the opportunity, as well as how you heard about the opportunity.

We review all applications and our goal is to respond to each applicant within one week. We look forward to hearing from you!

Interview Process

Our candidates may have a short video call with the hiring team.

Broad perspectives are fundamental to serving society and diverse experiences are the key to innovation, collaboration, and awareness of the globalized context in which we live. While Harmony Labs employs only United States citizens and those non-U.S. citizens authorized to work in the United States in compliance with national regulations, we strongly encourage people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in tech to apply, and look forward to welcoming the best candidates to our team regardless of their national origin, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

About Harmony Labs

Harmony Labs is a media research lab, using science, data, and creativity to research and reshape our relationship with media. For more than a decade, we have helped storytellers and strategists, decision makers and dreamers, harness the immense power of media to shape a positive, pluralistic future. We identify, measure, and track narratives within audiences, over long time scales, and across media platforms and devices to surface audience-specific story opportunities and threats. For the past three years, we’ve focused on building the Narrative Observatory, one-of-a-kind data infrastructure that provides our partners with an understanding of narratives on issues of existential importance.. We have identified narratives related to many topics, including poverty, economic mobility, health equity, civic engagement, and personal identity, as well as the audiences that consume those narratives. We are now working on a new project identifying media narratives about representations of governments.