Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Europe and Central Asia Program Intern
Journalist Safety Specialist

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.


  • 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]. 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.

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


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