Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Communications Associate

Central and South America Program Coordinator

Communications Associate

Position: Communications Associate

Reports to: Advocacy Manager

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.

CPJ seeks a communications associate to join our advocacy and communications team, to support our advocacy efforts, handle media relations and expand press coverage of CPJ editorial content, and our press freedom and journalist safety work around the world.


As a member of the advocacy department, the communications associate will work closely with the Advocacy Manager to develop and implement a communications strategy for enhancing CPJ's global coverage, and ensure maximum engagement for our editorial, program and emergencies work. The associate will contribute to advocacy initiatives, including online writing, campaigns, and events. This position requires prior experience in communications, a commitment to press freedom, a willingness to take part in a wide variety of communications and advocacy activities, and a knack for understanding how best to communicate across traditional and new digital media platforms.

The role is full-time and is based at our New York office, and will report to the advocacy manager. Some weekend and night work is required, primarily being on call to monitor media requests or assist with occasional events. A successful candidate will be strong team player, detail-oriented, and have the ability to work on tight deadlines.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Communications Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Advocacy Manager. This position is a member of the digital team and works closely with the digital manager as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact. Excellent news judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role. The Communications Associate's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement CPJ's media and outreach strategy. Monitor and implement communications benchmarks.
  • Handle CPJ's media relations including developing relationships with journalists, responding to media queries and interview requests, pitching stories and op-eds, and distributing content.
  • Maintain existing media partnerships and relationships and develop new partnerships in support of regional, global and thematic advocacy objectives.
  • Write, proofread, format, and distribute press materials, such as releases and media advisories, produce promotional materials and web content, and assist with social media when needed.
  • Track requests and media interactions and analyze these to make recommendations on how to improve CPJ's media relations and identify opportunities for CPJ to increase its reach and the impact of our reporting and advocacy.
  • Oversee and implement monitoring and evaluation for media and outreach benchmarks.
  • Manage and maintain CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with program teams on the development, inclusion and organization of contacts.
  • Assist with coordinating global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press, and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.
  • Draft content for events, website, external publications, etc. and coordinate publication on CPJ and partner platforms.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Advocacy team, including event planning, staffing and taking notes at internal and external events. Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • Strong communication, writing and editing skills
  • Creativity and experience working on various platforms
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • International experience (a foreign language would be an asset)
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, or a related field
  • Ability to work on-call, nights and weekends as needed

How to apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles to [email protected]. Please include "Communications Associate" in the subject line. This is a full-time exempt position. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: July 28, 2017

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

Central and South America Program Coordinator

Position: Central and South America Coordinator

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Location: New York, USA (Preferred)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Report on press freedom and attacks on journalists in the region.
  • Advocate for the release of jailed journalists and for an end to impunity in the murder of journalists.
  • Oversee the production of daily and long-form reports on press freedom conditions.
  • Serve as a CPJ spokesperson with the media, governments, partner organizations, and civil society.
  • Manage a full-time researcher in New York and two correspondents based in the region.
  • Anticipate and respond to news and events affecting press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Devise and support advocacy efforts and articulate them with CPJ's broad organizational goals.
  • Assist distressed journalists within the framework of CPJ's journalist assistance work.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Knowledge of press freedom and media issues in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (speaking, reading and writing) is required. Portuguese and/or French language skills are a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in media or advocacy work in press freedom issues connected with Central America, South America, and the Caribbean including those around online censorship.
  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
  • A firm understanding of geopolitical issues with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed.
  • Proven skills in written succinct and high quality reports including the capacity to digest, interpret, and accurately summarize reports and data.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100 percent employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Include "Central and South America Program" in the subject line and 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.

Deadline for applications: July 31, 2017

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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