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, established to honor Paul Steiger, will start on September 29, 2014.

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 August 29, 2014.

No phone calls, please.

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 [email protected] (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.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

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