Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Asia Program Research Associate
Journalist Safety Specialist
Africa Program Intern

Asia Program Research Associate

Reports to: Asia Program Coordinator
Location: New York preferred, but not essential

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a research associate for its Asia program to research, report, and document attacks on the press in a diverse region where freedom of expression has been facing new challenges in many countries.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in the Asia region. Expertise and experience in South Asia is an asset.

Strong research, reporting, and writing skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with a small team, are a must. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential. Fluency in regional language is an asset. The ability to effectively use social media to promote the Asia program's work and advocacy goals is also an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conducting daily research, reporting, and writing in English.
  • Monitoring breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the Asia region and flagging them to Asia Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Conducting interviews in English.
  • Documenting press freedom violations in the Asia region.
  • Working with the Asia Program Coordinator and other CPJ staff on regional advocacy efforts.
  • Maintaining the Asia program's social media pages on Facebook and Twitter; maintaining and expanding the Asia program's regional network of contacts.
  • Working collaboratively with CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program to help distressed journalists from the Asia region.

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


  • Bachelor's degree

Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Asia.
  • Knowledge of the Asia region.
  • Regional experience is an asset.
  • Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly.
  • Research skills.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to [email protected]. Please include "Asia Research Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: September 10, 2016

Journalist Safety Specialist

Reports to:    Emergencies Program Coordinator
Location:    Negotiable
Salary:        Competitive salary based on experience

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based, 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.


The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a Journalist Safety Specialist to enable the organization to respond to the growing dangers facing independent journalists.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a journalist and demonstrated ability to work in conflict zones and dangerous environments. This is a new, full-time post and a key element of CPJ’s revamped Emergencies Program which provides material support and information to journalists at risk around the world. The position requires a passionate and proven commitment to defending journalists and the ability to gather and communicate security information quickly and clearly. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of another language is an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Gather information on security threats, working with journalists, media companies, private security firms, aid agencies, NGOs and security services
  • Deploy to the field when necessary to serve as a resource and advocate for journalists reporting in hostile environments
  • Coordinate CPJ's response to crises such as the disappearance or kidnapping of journalists; act as a reference point with CPJ for relatives, colleagues, and employers of such journalists
  • Build CPJ knowledge of physical and digital security issues, including through training and workshops
  • Write on security for CPJ and outside publications; speak publicly on security issues
  • Work with CPJ's Staff Technologist to improve digital and information security awareness among journalists
  • Work with CPJ staff to improve staff physical security
  • Help formulate CPJ security policy; spread best practices across the media industry to improve journalist safety
  • Work closely with CPJ's regional programs and advise on security for staff missions
  • Update and promote CPJ's Journalist Security Guide
  • Promote wider adoption and effective implementation of the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles with local journalist groups, journalism schools, and media companies.

Qualifications & Experience


Graduate degree or equivalent qualification


  • A minimum of five years experience in journalism
  • Proven ability to work in a dangerous environment and conflict zone
  • Completion of an industry standard HEFAT course
  • Knowledge of digital and information security best practice
  • A clear understanding of the needs and challenges of local and international journalists
  • Skills in writing succinct and high quality reports and updates on security threats and risk mitigation strategies; ability to deliver effective security training
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct interviews with witnesses and victims of trauma
  • Ability to work in diverse cultural environments
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a high-stress environment, and simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities

To apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples and references to [email protected]  

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

Africa Program Intern

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time intern to assist with research and administrative support for the Africa team. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa. This position reports to the Africa Program staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 6 months.

Primary Tasks:

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


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or African studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible;
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in French or Portuguese is a plus;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the program team;
  • Experience working in Africa is preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and references to [email protected], by September 9, 2016. Please include "Africa Program 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. No phone calls please.

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