Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate
Journalist Safety Specialist
Advocacy and Communications Manager
Intern, Middle East and North Africa Program

Europe and Central Asia Research Associate

Reports to: Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
Location: New York

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a research associate for its Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program to research, report, and document attacks on the press in a diverse region where freedom of expression constantly faces new challenges.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in the ECA region, with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet republics. Other regional expertise, especially in Turkey and the Balkans, is a strong asset.

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 essential. Fluency in Russian is required. Additional regional-language proficiency, especially in Turkish, is an asset. The ability to effectively use social media to promote the ECA program's work and advocacy goals is also an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct daily research, reporting, and writing in English and Russian.
  • Monitor breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the ECA region and flag them to ECA Program Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Conduct interviews in English and Russian.
  • Documenting press freedom violations in the ECA region.
  • Working with the ECA Program Coordinator on regional advocacy efforts.
  • Working collaboratively with ECA correspondents in the region and supervising program interns.
  • Maintaining the ECA program's social media pages on Facebook and Twitter; maintaining and expanding the ECA program's regional network of contacts.
  • Working collaboratively with CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program to help distressed journalists from the ECA region.

In addition, the ECA Research Associate is encouraged to contribute articles on regional press freedom issues to CPJ's blog and to write such pieces for outside publications.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, international affairs, or a related field.
  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Europe and Central Asia.
  • Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly.
  • Experience in the region is an asset.

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

Deadline for applications: June 25, 2016

Journalist Safety Specialist

Reports to:    Emergencies Program Coordinator
Location:    Negotiable
Salary:        Competitive salary based on experience

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based, 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.


The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a Journalist Safety Specialist to enable the organization to respond to the growing dangers facing independent journalists.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a journalist and demonstrated ability to work in conflict zones and dangerous environments. This is a new, full-time post and a key element of CPJ’s revamped Emergencies Program which provides material support and information to journalists at risk around the world. The position requires a passionate and proven commitment to defending journalists and the ability to gather and communicate security information quickly and clearly. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of another language is an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Gather information on security threats, working with journalists, media companies, private security firms, aid agencies, NGOs and security services
  • Deploy to the field when necessary to serve as a resource and advocate for journalists reporting in hostile environments
  • Coordinate CPJ's response to crises such as the disappearance or kidnapping of journalists; act as a reference point with CPJ for relatives, colleagues, and employers of such journalists
  • Build CPJ knowledge of physical and digital security issues, including through training and workshops
  • Write on security for CPJ and outside publications; speak publicly on security issues
  • Work with CPJ's Staff Technologist to improve digital and information security awareness among journalists
  • Work with CPJ staff to improve staff physical security
  • Help formulate CPJ security policy; spread best practices across the media industry to improve journalist safety
  • Work closely with CPJ's regional programs and advise on security for staff missions
  • Update and promote CPJ's Journalist Security Guide
  • Promote wider adoption and effective implementation of the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles with local journalist groups, journalism schools, and media companies.

Qualifications & Experience


Graduate degree or equivalent qualification


  • A minimum of five years experience in journalism
  • Proven ability to work in a dangerous environment and conflict zone
  • Completion of an industry standard HEFAT course
  • Knowledge of digital and information security best practice
  • A clear understanding of the needs and challenges of local and international journalists
  • Skills in writing succinct and high quality reports and updates on security threats and risk mitigation strategies; ability to deliver effective security training
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct interviews with witnesses and victims of trauma
  • Ability to work in diverse cultural environments
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a high-stress environment, and simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities

To apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples and references to [email protected]  

Deadline for applications: Open until filled


Advocacy and Communications Manager

The Advocacy and Communications Manager is an integral part of the Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Director of Advocacy, with daily oversight of the Advocacy ad Communications Associate and interns. This position works closely with the program and editorial teams to ensure that CPJ achieves maximum impact. A passion for press freedom, experience campaigning, excellent news judgment, the ability to work independently and proactively are essential to succeed in this role. The Advocacy and Communications Manager's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to developing, managing, and implementing advocacy campaigns. This includes identifying objectives and evaluation metrics, drafting and editing copy for various platforms, and coordinating across and within teams.
  • Manage CPJ's advocacy strategy and media strategy, in conjunction with the Advocacy Director, including directing global campaigns, coordinating regional initiatives, and identifying opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement.
  • Develop and implement indicators and benchmarks to track impact of new and existing initiatives. Responsible for monitoring and evaluation of advocacy initiatives.
  • Oversee the advocacy and communications associate, hire and manage interns, and fill in for the Advocacy Director when needed.
  • Develop and implement indicators and benchmarks to track impact of new and existing initiatives. Responsible for monitoring and evaluation of advocacy initiatives.
  • Manage the video production and advocacy opportunities related to the annual International Press Freedom Awards.
  • Lead daily meeting. Manage ongoing advocacy training and professional development for staff.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Desired skills and experience:

  • A deep interest in and commitment to press freedom
  • Demonstrated experience with media relations and campaigning
  • 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
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills
  • 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 be on call and/or work nights and weekends on an occasional basis

To apply please send a resume, short writing sample, and links to relevant social media profiles by June 28 to [email protected]. Please include "Advocacy and Communications manager" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Middle East and North Africa Program Intern

Reports to: Middle East and North Africa Team
Location: New York

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 six months.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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.


  • 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 July 5, 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 United States without any restrictions need apply. No phone calls please.

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