Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Africa Program Research Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a research associate for its Africa Program to work full-time. The position is based in our New York City office, but an alternative location could be considered.

Key responsibilities:

  • Document and respond to press freedom abuses across Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Communicate regularly with journalists & human rights activists across Africa and with global human rights groups;
  • Review relevant news websites and publications;
  • Draft letters of appeal, statements, and news alerts;
  • Devise and generate engaging content for social media;
  • Research and write reports on press freedom issues in the region;
  • Review and research requests for assistance from journalists in the region;
  • Build/maintain databases for African media, government & civil society contacts.

Core skills:

  • Knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa, including media & human rights;
  • Good English-language writing and reporting skills;
  • Proficiency in French (reading & writing news articles, conducting interviews);
  • Excellent research data organizational skills to support CPJ's advocacy efforts;
  • Knowledge & proficiency in the use of social media tools;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

Portuguese language skills would be a plus.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

Send a covering letter, CV/resumé, and the names of three referees to jobs@cpj.org (subject line Africa Program Research Associate). Please include a 500-word personal statement on why you consider press freedom to be important.

No phone calls please.

Senior Editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks an experienced news editor to fill the role of senior editor in its small team responsible for the organization's editorial content.

CPJ's Mission

CPJ promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed.

Position Summary

The senior editor will work full-time from CPJ's Manhattan office editing and managing the flow of news content, particularly blog posts and special reports but also news alerts, letters of protest, and other pieces. He or she will assist the editorial director in coordinating with the communications and advocacy team and other CPJ programs to advance the organization's mission.

The successful applicant will be in a position to begin work immediately. The senior editor reports to the editorial director.


  • Edit special reports, namely investigative or analysis pieces of up to several thousand words
  • Prioritize and edit daily news stories including blog posts, news alerts, and protest letters
  • Help manage the organization's website, CPJ.org
  • Spot potential trends in press freedom and suggest related pieces
  • Adhere to tight deadlines; juggle several pieces of various lengths and deadlines
  • Work with writers of varied experience and English-language skills
  • Help oversee aspects of production and relationships with writers and other contractors

Essential experience:

  • At least five years' experience as a news editor for a newspaper, news magazine, news website, or news agency
  • Editing in-depth, analytical, and investigative pieces of several thousand words
  • Basic Web skills such as HTML coding, content management systems such as Wordpress or Moveable Type
  • Meeting both short-term and long-term deadlines for news content and projects

Preferred experience:

  • Background in international news
  • Multimedia production or editing
  • Working with writers whose first language is not English
  • Copy-editing for style and grammar
  • Publishing on social media

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 jobs@cpj.org, with "Senior Editor" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

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New York, NY 10001


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