Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Africa Program Intern

Morning Editor

Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Washington Advocacy Manager

Africa Program Intern

Reports to: Africa Program Coordinator
Location: New York
Application Deadline: May 19th, 2017

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, 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 secure online platforms, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners
  • Other related duties

Qualifications:

  • 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 Google
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the program team
  • Experience working in Africa is preferred
  • Research skills

How to apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to [email protected] Please include "Africa Program Intern" in the subject line. 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. 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.

Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Reports to: Advocacy Director
Location: Washington D.C. preferred
Application Deadline: May 21, 2017

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

Journalists, regardless of their gender, should be allowed to report freely and without fear of retaliation or reprisal. The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the inaugural Patti Birch Fellowship program. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.

The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate, or early career journalist with an interest in projects related to women and journalism. The Patti Birch Fellow will carry out an independent project on gender and press freedom, including a presentation, while working closely with CPJ's Advocacy team on a variety of topics. The fellowship comes with annual stipend of $40,000 and a full benefits package.

Responsibilities

The Patti Birch Fellow's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work alongside the advocacy team to ensure that gender related issues are highlighted in key CPJ campaigns and initiatives, such as Free the Press.
  • Identify potential partnerships or opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement on gender-related press freedom issues.
  • Identify and prepare CPJ input to consultations and processes based on CPJ data and reporting related to women journalists and the threats they face.
  • Draft remarks, newsletter content, press releases, blogs, or other content as needed.
  • Map existing research and resources for gender-related challenges or threats to journalists. Eg. The tracking of sexual violence or data on online harassment.
  • Help organize and provide support for events including report launches, panels and partnership events.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects, or regionally focused efforts as needed.

Qualifications

  • A deep interest in and knowledge of gender related issues, press freedom, journalism and human rights
  • Demonstrated experience with working on gender related issues or women's rights
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff
  • An undergraduate degree, Masters degree preferred
  • Candidates must be authorized to be employed in the United States

How to apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles by May 21 to [email protected] Please include "Patti Birch Fellow" in the subject line.

No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

Morning Editor

Reports to: Editorial Director
Location: Washington D.C. preferred
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience
Start Date: Immediate
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

About CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks a morning editor to join its small team responsible for the organization's editorial content. The morning editor is a new full-time, exempt position under a one-year contract with potential for renewal. The preferred location is CPJ's Washington, D.C., office. The morning editor reports to the editorial director.

The morning editor will edit and manage the flow of daily content including news alerts, letters of protest, and other news and research. The editor will work closely with other editors, the communications and advocacy team, and CPJ programs to advance the organization's mission.

Responsibilities include:

  • Edit news alerts and other daily content for CPJ's website. Track and edit research on killed and imprisoned journalists.
  • Edit for content and structure as well as grammar and style
  • Choose photos and write captions
  • Copy-edit special reports and other content as assigned
  • Adhere to tight deadlines, juggling several pieces of copy at once
  • Work with writers of varied experience and English-language skills
  • Occasional weekend or evening work

Essential skills and experience:

  • At least three years' experience as an editor for a news agency, website, or paper, or broadcast outlet
  • Experience in basic HTML coding and in using content management systems such as WordPress or Moveable Type
  • The instinct to recognize sensitive or potentially libelous issues and raise them for discussion
  • Strong organizational skills
  • The initiative to identify tasks and to work independently

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Background in international news
  • Working with writers whose first language is not English
  • Familiarity with AP style
  • Salary and Benefits

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

    How to apply

    Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Morning Editor" in the subject line.

    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.

    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.

    Washington Advocacy Manager

    Reports to: Advocacy Director
    Location: Washington, DC

    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 Washington D.C. based advocacy manager to expand our engagement with the U.S. government and cultivate a wider base of allies for our press freedom and journalist safety work around the world, including in the U.S.

    The Washington Advocacy Manger will work closely with the Director of Advocacy to develop and implement a strategy for enhancing CPJ's presence in Washington D.C. and ensuring maximum impact for our editorial and program work. A passion for press freedom, experience with government relations, excellent news judgment, and the ability to work proactively are essential to succeed in this role.

    A successful candidate will have experience with the Washington policy-making process across the legislative and executive branches and the policymaking and NGO communities and be able to draw on a deep network to promote and defend press freedom.

    Responsibilities

    The Washington Advocacy Manager's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Manage CPJ's Washington advocacy strategy and media strategy, in conjunction with the Advocacy Director, including integrating global campaigns and regional initiatives.
    • Identify opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement with key influencers and policymakers and put in place a system to track and institutionalize this knowledge.
    • Manage Congressional relations, outreach to the State Department, and identify opportunities to raise press freedom issues and ensure the use of CPJ expertise in hearings, resolutions and events.
    • Advocate on behalf of individual journalists and regularize inputs to ongoing processes such as human rights reporting.
    • Track developments and regularly contribute to broader efforts while developing and implementing locally-based advocacy strategies.
    • Help organize events including report launches, panels and partnership events.
    • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

    Qualifications

    • A deep interest in and knowledge of press freedom, journalism and human rights
    • At least five years of relevant experience in public advocacy
    • A track record of effective constituency building and engagement
    • Demonstrated experience with government relations and a strong familiarity with Washington D.C.
    • A strong network across the various branches of government
    • Strong writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
    • Monitoring and evaluation skills
    • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff
    • A Master's degree in political science, communications, or a related field
    • A valid work permit for work in the United States

    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 "Washington Advocacy manager" in the subject line.

    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, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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