Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism

Patti Birch Fellow for Africa Research

Audience Engagement Associate


Patti Birch Fellow for Data Journalism

Reports to: Deputy Editorial Director
Location: New York
Application Deadline: August 19, 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 August 19, 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: August 12, 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 August 12, 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.

Audience Engagement Associate

Reports to: Digital Manager
Location: New York City

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 highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to fill the position of Audience Engagement Associate at CPJ's digital team in New York. The team is tasked with distributing CPJ's digital content on social media platforms, engaging and growing CPJ audiences, tracking web analytics, taking initiatives and seizing opportunities for growth on both email and platforms, among other tasks.

About you

You are passionate about press freedom, social media, and journalism. You love distilling ideas into 280-character sentences, crafting engaging Instagram stories, and have a knack for tracing a trending story to its source. You know that "2019" cannot be a Twitter hashtag, can easily update a Twitter moment, and know what does "r/news" mean.

You're also proactive and wake up thinking about how you would create the next trending topic that could help set a journalist free or highlight their case

Responsibilities

  • Work with the digital team to execute CPJ's digital and engagement strategies and ensure that staff is properly trained in the use of digital and social media tools
  • Develop, maintain, and grow CPJ followers and drive engagement on major social platforms
  • Disseminate CPJ content--including data, daily news, special reports, video, and audio--on social media platforms in accordance with the digital strategy and advocacy campaign objectives
  • Create and disseminate social media-specific content tailored for each platform based on CPJ content
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of social media standards and best practices
  • Reply to social media inquiries on social platforms and tactically react to trending topics
  • Ensure that individual campaigns, initiatives, and reports have a robust digital component
  • Own CPJ's weekly newsletter, The Torch, and contribute to the growth of its subscribers
  • Oversee CPJ's regional social media accounts and email blasts, and train program colleagues on best practices
  • Coordinate integration of contacts database, email blasting, and newsletters with support from the appropriate departments
  • Leverage content and social media presence in support of fundraising
  • Grow CPJ's social presence on emerging platforms as needed
  • Track CPJ's website traffic, social media performance and email newsletters according to chosen metrics
  • Continuously innovate to ensure that CPJ uses the best and most appropriate digital tools available. Evolve and adapt as required to meet the organization's goals as well as campaigns' goals

Required skills and experience

  • Knowledge of social media in news dissemination, campaigning, fundraising, audience building, coverage of live events, social listening, and engagement
  • Sound judgment and an ability to react quickly and accurately to breaking news stories in press freedom
  • An understanding of how to cultivate, grow and engage social media followers on a variety of platforms
  • A basic understanding of digital security methods and trends
  • A collaborative spirit and an ability to balance competing demands from a variety of departments and programs
  • Knowledge of or demonstrable interest in international affairs
  • A passion for press freedom, and eagerness to spread CPJ mission as widely as possible

Preferred skills

  • Prior experience with digital and/or engagement teams in an NGO or a newsroom
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with AP style
  • An experience managing social accounts with big following
  • A second language, preferably Spanish or French

Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include employer paid health, dental, 401(k), life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to apply

Please email a cover letter, résumé, and references to [email protected] and include "Audience Engagement Associate" 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.

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

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: Competitive based on experience

Application Deadline: Until the position is filled



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