Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Middle East Research Associate
Middle East Correspondent
Middle East Program Intern
Communications Associate
Community Cultivation Associate
Europe and Central Asia Program Intern

Middle East Research Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time MENA Research Associate. The position is based in our New York City office, and the person will report to the Middle and North Africa Program Coordinator.

Key responsibilities:

  • Document and respond to press freedom abuses across the Middle East region with special focus on North African countries;
  • Communicate regularly with journalists & human rights activists across the Middle East and with human rights groups;
  • Review relevant news websites and publications;
  • Draft letters of appeal, statements, and news alerts on tight deadlines;
  • Devise and generate engaging content for social media;
  • Research and write reports on press freedom issues in the region;
  • Review and research requests for assistance from journalists in the region;
  • Build/maintain databases for local and regional media, government & civil society contacts.

Core skills

  • Knowledge of Middle East issues, including media & human rights;
  • Excellent English-language writing and reporting skills;
  • High proficiency in Arabic (reading & writing news articles, conducting interviews);
  • Some knowledge of French language is a plus;
  • Excellent research data organizational skills to support CPJ's advocacy efforts;
  • Knowledge & proficiency in the use of social media tools;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • MA in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related field; or BA with several years of relevant experience;
  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100% employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter, two writing samples, and resume to [email protected], with "MENA Research Associate" in the subject line by February 6, 2015. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



Middle East Correspondent

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a part-time correspondent. The position is based in the Middle East (preferably in the Levant) and will report to the Middle and North Africa Program Coordinator.

Key responsibilities

  • Report on press freedom abuses across the Middle East region, with special focus on the Levant and Iraq;
  • Communicate with journalists & human rights activists across the Middle East;
  • Review relevant news websites and publications;
  • Draft news alerts on tight deadlines;
  • Review and research requests for assistance from journalists in the region.

Core skills

  • Contact with local and regional media and civil society organizations;
  • Knowledge of Middle East issues, including media & human rights;
  • Excellent Arabic (reading & writing news articles, conducting interviews);
  • Proficiency in English-language writing and reporting skills;
  • Knowledge & proficiency in the use of social media tools;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related field;
  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom.

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter, two writing samples, and resume to [email protected], with "MENA Correspondent" in the subject line by February 6, 2015. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



Middle East Program Intern

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time intern to assist with research and administrative support for the Middle East and North Africa team. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the Middle East region. This position reports to the Middle East Program staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 3-6 months.
Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Arabic, doing interviews in English and Arabic, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the Middle East program;
  • Effectively using social media, including in Arabic, to disseminate the Middle East program's work;
  • Communicating via Skype, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or Middle Eastern studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both verbal and written, is required. Ability to communicate in French is a plus.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • Experience working in the Middle East is preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and references to [email protected], by February 6, 2016. Please include "MENA Intern" in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply. No phone calls please.



Communications Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a communications associate to work full-time. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Communications Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy. This position works closely with the Social Media Community Cultivation Associate as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact. Excellent discretion and 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 the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CPJ's media and outreach strategy and communications benchmarks.
  • Primary responsibility for CPJ's media relations including developing relationships with journalists, responding to media queries and interview requests, and distributing content.
  • Proofread, format, and distribute press materials, such as releases and media advisories, produce promotional materials and web content, and assist with social media.
  • Monitor and analyze media requests and interactions 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.
  • Manage CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  • Assist with preparations for events, press conferences and meetings,.
  • Assist with coordinating global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.
  • Provide logistical support to the Advocacy team, including event planning. Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • Strong 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 and analytical
  • International experience and at least one foreign language
  • 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. Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 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 "Communications Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.



Community Cultivation Associate

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a full-time Community Cultivation. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Community Cultivation Associate is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy. This position works closely with the Communications Associate as well as members of regional teams to ensure that the expertise and reporting by CPJ achieves maximum impact and contributes to the cultivation of key communities. Excellent discretion and judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role.

The Associate's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CPJ's social media and community cultivation strategy. Monitor and implement communications and community benchmarks.
  • Day-to-day curation of editorial content on social media platforms, including tweets, posts and discussions. Supervise, design, author and/or edit social media and web documents.
  • Publish, schedule and optimize editorial content for CPJ's website and social channels.
  • Cultivate communities across social platforms, including with journalists around the world, and incorporate into our broader outreach and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop and grow CPJ's online community and manage community relationships across social media channels. Respond reactively and engage proactively ensuring CPJ voice and a high level of responsiveness are maintained. Work with cross-functional teams to develop and optimize response and engagement strategies and distribute content.
  • Create, execute, and track social media campaigns in collaboration with other departments
  • Become an advocate for CPJ in social media spaces, sharing CPJ's information (including Wikipedia) and use social media monitoring tools to monitor conversations, drive external link development and reach out to journalists, policymakers and experts with relevant content and CPJ expertise.
  • Identify, evaluate, select & monitor the most relevant social media channels, managing & responding to online discussions. Conduct on-going social media market research & channel development, improving CPJ's reputation and reach
  • 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.
  • Manage and maintain CPJ's global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  • Assist with global releases and various newsletters, including the annual publication Attacks on the Press and the annual International Press Freedom Awards.

Required Experience:

  • Experience with social media community management, public relations or community organizing
  • Demonstrated creativity and immersion in various social media platforms
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff. Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • Impeccable judgment

Desired skills:

  • A deep interest and commitment to press freedom
  • International experience and at least one foreign language
  • A BA or higher in communications, journalism, business, or a related field. Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

This is initially a one-year contract position

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 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 "Communications Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an equal opportunity employer.

 



Europe and Central Asia Program Intern

CPJ is hiring an Intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program. The Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the ECA region. This position reports to the ECA Program Staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 3 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Russian, doing interviews in English and Russian, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the ECA program.
  • Effectively using social media, including in Russian, to disseminate the ECA program's work
  • Communicating via Skype, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or European/Slavic studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required. Ability to communicate in another regional language is a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • ECA regional research experience strongly preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to [email protected] by February 20, 2015. Please include "ECA Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.

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