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Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism

Patti Birch Fellow for Africa Research


Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism

Reports to: Deputy Editorial Director
Location: New York
Application Deadline: September 3, 2019

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 qualified individual for the Patti Birch fellowship program to build internal knowledge and capacity for better use of our data organization-wide. This is a full-time, exempt position based in New York. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.

Primary responsibilities

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

  • Work alongside the editorial team to identify opportunities for CPJ to highlight and utilize to the full extent possible its data on journalists killed, imprisoned or missing in relation to their work, in both daily and longer-term content.
  • Work with web developers, suggest and implement improvements to CPJ data manager (internal database) and data explorer (data section of CPJ website) to facilitate use and presentation of the data
  • Identify potential opportunities for highlighting CPJ data externally or pairing it with partners' data for increased insights
  • Prepare and present an internal strategy and practical guide on how to use our data to identify, highlight, and illustrate trends in press freedom.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as assigned.

Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in journalism or related field

Qualifications:

  • A deep interest in and knowledge of data journalism, data visualization, and journalism more broadly
  • Skilled with spreadsheets and with data visualization tools such as Highcharts
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote participants
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • A passion for freedom of the press
  • An international bent
  • Candidates must be authorized to be employed in the United States

Salary: The fellowship comes with an annual stipend of $40,000. Fellows qualify for some CPJ benefits; please consult the CPJ handbook for details.

How to Apply

  • Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, work sample, and references to [email protected] by September 3, 2019. Please include "Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism" in the subject line.
  • CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. 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.
  • No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Patti Birch Fellow for Africa Research

Reports to: Africa Program Coordinator
Location: New York
Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

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 qualified individual for the Patti Birch Fellowship program to focus on research for its Africa program, with an emphasis on technology. 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 sub-Saharan Africa and an understanding of the technologies used to monitor internet activity and block access to information. The Patti Birch Fellow will carry out an independent project on technical censorship and press freedom while working closely with the Africa Program team on reporting press violations across the region. The fellowship comes with annual stipend of $40,000 and benefits.

Responsibilities

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

  • Provide background research on press freedom abuses across the sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on cases involving technology.
  • Draft alerts, blogs, or other content as needed for the Africa program.
  • Use social media effectively to disseminate the Africa program's work.
  • Work with the Africa team to ensure that technical censorship issues are highlighted in CPJ's reporting in the region.
  • Identify potential partnerships or opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement on technical censorship issues.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects, or regionally focused efforts at CPJ as needed.

Qualifications

  • A deep interest in and knowledge of press freedom, journalism, online censorship, and human rights.
  • Fluency in French both verbal and written, is required.
  • Demonstrated reporting experience and working knowledge of databases.
  • 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, Master's degree preferred.

How to Apply

  • Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to [email protected] by September 9, 2019. Please include "Patti Birch Fellow for Africa Research" 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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