Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Communications Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a communications associate to work full-time. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Communications Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy. This position works closely with the Social Media Community Cultivation Associate as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact. Excellent discretion and judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role.

The Communications Associate's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CPJ's media and outreach strategy and communications benchmarks.
  • Primary responsibility for CPJ's media relations including developing relationships with journalists, responding to media queries and interview requests, and distributing content.
  • Proofread, format, and distribute press materials, such as releases and media advisories, produce promotional materials and web content, and assist with social media.
  • Monitor and analyze media requests and interactions to make recommendations on how to improve CPJ's media relations and identify opportunities for CPJ to increase its reach and the impact of our reporting and advocacy.
  • Manage CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  • Assist with preparations for events, press conferences and meetings,.
  • Assist with coordinating global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.
  • Provide logistical support to the Advocacy team, including event planning. Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Creativity and experience working on various platforms
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical
  • International experience and at least one foreign language
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, or a related field. Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100% employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Communications Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Community Cultivation Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time Community Cultivation. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Community Cultivation Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy. This position works closely with the Communications Associate as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact and contributes to the cultivation of key communities. Excellent discretion and judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role.

The Associate’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CPJ’s social media and community cultivation strategy. Monitor and implement communications and community benchmarks.
  • Day-to-day curation of editorial content on social media platforms, including tweets, posts and discussions. Supervise, design, author and/or edit social media and web documents.
  • Publish, schedule and optimize editorial content for CPJ’s website and social channels.
  • Cultivate communities across social platforms, including with journalists around the world, and incorporate into our broader outreach and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop and grow CPJ’s online community and manage community relationships across social media channels. Respond reactively and engage proactively ensuring CPJ voice and a high level of responsiveness are maintained. Work with cross-functional teams to develop and optimize response and engagement strategies and distribute content.
  • Create, execute, and track social media campaigns in collaboration with other departments
  • Become an advocate for CPJ in social media spaces, sharing CPJ’s information (including Wikipedia) and use social media monitoring tools to monitor conversations, drive external link development and reach out to journalists, policymakers and experts with relevant content and CPJ expertise.
  • Identify, evaluate, select & monitor the most relevant social media channels, managing & responding to online discussions. Conduct on-going social media market research & channel development, improving CPJ’s reputation and reach
  • Track requests and media interactions and analyze these to make recommendations on how to improve CPJ’s media relations and identify opportunities for CPJ to increase its reach and the impact of our reporting and advocacy.
  • Manage and maintain CPJ’s global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  • Assist with global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.

Required Experience:

  • Experience with social media community management, public relations or community organizing
  • Demonstrated creativity and immersion in various social media platforms
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • Impeccable judgment

Desired skills:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • International experience and at least one foreign language
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, business, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

This is initially a one-year contract position

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100% employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. 

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Communications Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Steiger Fellow

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the Steiger Fellow program. The six-month fellowship was established to honor Paul Steiger.

The ideal candidate will be a current college student, recent graduate, or early career journalist with an interest in projects related to freedom of expression and the press. The Steiger Fellow will carry out an independent project on press freedom while supporting CPJ staff and working on a variety of topics. This is a paid position and reports to CPJ's Senior Program Coordinator.

Steiger chaired CPJ from July 2005 to June 2011 and continues to serve on CPJ's advisory board. He is currently the executive chairman of ProPublica. He is also the former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Supports staff with researching and documenting press freedom violations.
  • Communicates regularly with international journalists and human rights activists.
  • Researches and writes on topics related to international press freedom issues.
  • Maintains research files.
  • Reviews domestic and foreign news publications.
  • Assists in CPJ's international advocacy efforts.
  • Assists in organizing events and preparing travel logistic arrangements.
  • Supports program staff in administrative duties, including database management and general office support.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of international press and human rights issues.
  • Ability to work both independently with supervision and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Completion of at least two years of college or university.
  • Excellent English writing and reporting skills.
  • Proficiency in a U.N. language (French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, or Arabic) a plus.
  • Exceptional research skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Internet free expression issues is desirable.
  • Comfortable working with databases.
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize.

International students with proper authorization to work in the United States are encouraged to apply. Please email a resume, cover letter, references, and a one-page proposal on a specific press freedom-related project to [email protected] by January 2, 2015.

No phone calls, please.

Europe and Central Asia Program Intern

CPJ is hiring an Intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program. The Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the ECA region. This position reports to the ECA Program Staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 3 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Russian, doing interviews in English and Russian, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the ECA program.
  • Effectively using social media, including in Russian, to disseminate the ECA program's work
  • Communicating via Skype, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or European/Slavic studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Russian, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in Ukrainian is a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preffered.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • ECA regional research experience strongly preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and references to [email protected] by September 30, 2014. Please include "ECA Intern" in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

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