Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Central America Correspondent (part-time)

Middle East and North Africa Program Intern

Journalist Assistance Intern

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Reports to: Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Location: New York City
Start Date: Immediate
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a Research Associate for its Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Program to work in its New York office. This is exempt full-time position. The Program Research Associate works under the direct supervision of the Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator to closely monitor, research, report and document attacks on the press in a diverse region where freedom of expression constantly faces new challenges.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in the ECA region. Strong research and writing skills, and the ability to work independently and proactively as well as in collaboration with other team members, are required. Journalism experience is required. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential. Fluency in at least one regional language, preferably Slavic, is required. Previous experience using social media for work is highly desirable.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Conducting daily writing, research and reporting in English.

• Monitoring breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the ECA region and flagging them to ECA Program Coordinator in a timely manner.

• Conducting interviews in English and other language(s)

• Documenting press freedom violations in the ECA region.

• Working with the ECA Program Coordinator on regional advocacy efforts.

• Working collaboratively with ECA correspondents in the region and program interns.

• Maintaining the ECA program's Twitter and Facebook account, maintaining and expanding the ECA program's regional network of contacts.

• Working collaboratively with CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program to help distressed journalists from the ECA region.

In addition, the ECA Research Associate is encouraged to contribute articles on regional press freedom issues to CPJ's blog and to write such pieces for outside publications.

Responsibilities

• Monitor, document and respond to press freedom abuses in the region.

• Communicate regularly with journalists and human rights activists in the region.

• Research and write news alerts, letters of appeal, special reports and blog posts.

• Assist with planning and implementing of CPJ's advocacy efforts.

• Maintain the program's social media accounts.

• Help document and vet Journalist Assistance cases for the region.

• Assist program coordinator with miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as impact reports and program plans.

Education:

• A Bachelor's degree or higher in journalism, international affairs, or a related field

Experience:

• Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Europe, Central Asia and Turkey.

• Regional experience is an asset.

• Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly

To apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected] Please include "ECA Program Research Associate" in the subject line. Please also include a 500-word personal statement on why you consider press freedom to be important.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Central America Correspondent (part-time)

Reports to: Central and South America Program Coordinator
Location: Central America (flexible)

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a part-time, freelance correspondent with knowledge of Central America, with an emphasis on the Northern Triangle region, to work with its Central and South America (CSA) program.

The Central America correspondent will independently research, report, and document attacks on the press in the region and develop strong working relationships with local press freedom organizations, individual reporters and sources in the relevant countries.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in Latin America, with a focus on Central America. The correspondent will have extensive familiarity with regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth reports.

Demonstrated research, reporting, and writing skills, a strong network of contacts within the region and the ability to work independently are a must. Familiarity with digital rights and safety issues for journalists in the region is an asset. Current residence in Central America is preferred.

Scope of Work:

  • Research, reporting, and writing in English and Spanish.
  • Pitching and filing written submissions (news alert, blog entry, or letter) on press freedom issues, for distribution and publication on CPJ's website.
  • Research on individual journalists and filing assistance requests within the framework of CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program.
  • Monitoring digital rights and security concerns as they affect journalists in the region.
  • Compiling a year-end list of journalists killed in Central America and monitoring developments in cases of killed journalists for annual impunity analysis.
  • Maintaining open communication with the CSA and editorial teams in New York and Miami.
  • Occasional travel.

Language: Fluency in English and Spanish is essential; any additional relevant language skills are an asset.

Writing test: The successful candidate will have to pass a writing test.

This is a one-year, part-time consultancy.

How to apply

Please submit a brief cover letter, resume and links to relevant writing samples to [email protected]. Please include "Central America Correspondent" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.

CPJ does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, carrier status, genetic predisposition, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Deadline: March 18, 2019.

Middle East and North Africa Program Intern

Reports to: Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator
Location: New York

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

CPJ seeks a full-time intern to assist with research and administrative support for the Middle East and North Africa team. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the Middle East region. This position reports to the Middle East Program Coordinator and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 6 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Arabic, doing interviews in English and Arabic, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the Middle East program;
  • Effectively using social media, including in Arabic, to disseminate the Middle East program's work;
  • Communicating via secure online platforms, 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 Middle Eastern studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in French is a plus.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and Google Drive.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • Experience working in the Middle East is preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to [email protected] . Please include "MENA 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.

Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. No phone calls, please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Journalist Assistance Internship

CPJ is seeking an intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Journalist Assistance (JA) program. The JA program was created in 2001 and provides direct financial and non-financial emergency support to journalists in distress around the world. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in humanitarian emergency response, human rights research and documentation, and program administration. This six-month position reports to the JA Program Coordinator and will be based in New York. The position is full-time and comes with a stipend.

The JA Program is particularly interested in candidates with data science experience who can collect, analyze, and extrapolate data on journalist's emergency needs and assistance provided by CPJ and partner organizations.

Primary Tasks:

  • Provide background research on individual cases of journalists in distress worldwide.

  • Complete data research project on JA program's work

  • Help JA program coordinator with administering CPJ's Journalists in Distress (JID) partner network

  • Work with JA program coordinator on weekly output of support letters and grant requests

  • Participate in weekly regional case reviews with program staff

  • Input and maintain up-to-date information into the JA database

  • Other related administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of international press freedom and human rights issues.

  • Interest in and experience with data science preferred.

  • Bachelor's degree. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.

  • Self-starter with proven ability to work independently with supervision and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

  • Exceptional research and organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent English writing skills.

  • Proficiency in a U.N. language (French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic) preferred.

  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize.


To Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] . Please include "JA Intern" in the subject line.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. No phone calls, please.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



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