Employment Opportunities at CPJ

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.


  • 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.


  • 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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