Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Communications Associate

China Researcher

Central and South America Program Coordinator

Europe Correspondent

Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Morning Editor

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.

Background

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.

China Researcher

Position: China Researcher, part time

Reports to: Asia Program Coordinator

Location: Open, New York or Washington, D.C. preferred

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 researcher for its Asia program to research, report, and document attacks on the press in China, and Chinese-speaking areas.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in China. Full fluency in spoken and written Chinese is essential.

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 important.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conducting daily research, reporting, and writing in English.
  • Monitoring breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the China and flagging them to Asia Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Documenting press freedom violations in China.
  • Working collaboratively with CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program to help distressed journalists.

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of China.
  • Knowledge and experience of China.
  • Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly.
  • Research skills.

How to apply

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

Deadline for applications: July 20, 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.

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.

Europe Correspondent

Position: Europe Correspondent (part-time)

Reports to: EU Representative and Advocacy Manager

Location: Europe

Background:

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a part-time Europe correspondent. The Europe correspondent will research, report, and document attacks on the press in EU member states and EU candidate countries, where freedom of the press is increasingly under threat. The work of the Europe correspondent will serve as a foundation of CPJ's advocacy before both EU institutions and European governments. To achieve that, the Europe correspondent will work under the supervision of CPJ's Brussels-based EU Representative and Advocacy Manager and as part of CPJ's EU team under the direction of the US-based advocacy director and in close coordination with the Europe and Central Asia program coordinator.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in Europe, with a focus on EU member states and EU candidate countries.

Strong research, reporting, and writing skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with a small team, are a must. Adherence to deadlines and rigorous journalistic standards are essential. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required, fluency in French is strongly preferred. Additional regional-language proficiency, especially in Balkan languages, is an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Document press freedom violations in Europe and conduct research, reporting, and writing about press freedom and journalist safety in English and other European languages.
  • Monitor breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalist safety in EU member states and EU candidate countries and respond quickly to developments.
  • Conduct interviews in English and other European languages.
  • File regional press freedom cases to the Council of Europe's Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists and follow developments with the platform and related cases.
  • Coordinate appropriate response to news and events affecting press freedom in EU member states and EU candidate countries with the Brussels-based EU Representative and Advocacy Manager in a timely manner.
  • Travel occasionally on CPJ regional fact-finding missions.

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)

Experience:

  • Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly.
  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Europe, including EU candidate countries.
  • Regional experience is an asset.
  • Experience working with a distributed and remote team is an asset.

How to apply:

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

Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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.

Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Reports to: Advocacy Director
Location: Washington D.C. preferred
Application Deadline: June 6, 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 June 6 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.

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