Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Journalist Safety Specialist
Africa Program Intern

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

Africa 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 Africa team. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa. This position reports to the Africa Program staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 6 months.

Primary Tasks:

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


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

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and references to [email protected], by September 9, 2016. Please include "Africa Program 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.

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