Employment Opportunities at CPJ

News Editor
Europe and Central Asia Program Intern
Systems Administrator

News Editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists seeks a news editor to join its small team responsible for the organization's editorial content. The news editor is a full-time position that works out of CPJ's New York office.

Position Summary:

The news editor will edit and manage the flow of content including news alerts, letters of protest, and other news and research. This person will work closely with other editors, the communications and advocacy team, and CPJ programs to advance the organization's mission.

The successful applicant will be in a position to begin work immediately. The news editor reports to the editorial director.

The news editor's key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Edit news alerts and other daily content for CPJ's website. Edit research on killed and imprisoned journalists.
  • Edit for content and structure as well as grammar and style.
  • Help manage the organization's website, CPJ.org.
  • Adhere to tight deadlines, juggling several pieces of copy at once.
  • Work with writers of varied experience and English-language skills.
  • Write or edit blog posts, special reports, or projects as assigned.
  • Occasional weekend or evening work.

Essential skills and experience:

  • At least three years' experience as an editor for a news agency, news website, or newspaper.
  • Experience in basic HTML coding and in using content management systems such as WordPress or Moveable Type.
  • The instinct to recognize sensitive or potentially libelous issues and raise them for discussion.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Ability to deal with stress and heavy workload.
  • Background in international news.
  • Working with writers whose first language is not English.
  • Familiarity with AP style.
  • Multimedia production and/or social media publishing.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 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 "News Editor" in the subject line.
Due to volume, we cannot reply to individual inquiries on the status of applications. If you are selected as a candidate, CPJ will contact you directly to arrange an interview. No phone calls please.


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.

Systems Administrator

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking to contract with a security-focused Systems Administrator to maintain CPJ's website & associated infrastructure on a long-term basis. This is a freelance opportunity.

Security-conscious Ubuntu or Debian administrators are preferred. We expect the monthly workload to be 5-15 hours, though occasional projects may require more time in some months. It is possible that the scope of this work will expand as CPJ builds out additional infrastructure.

In general, work can be done during business hours, though anything involving a risk of downtime needs to be scheduled after business hours. CPJ operates primarily in the US-Eastern time zone. All the infrastructure is virtual and work will be done remotely. In the event of an urgent security or availability issue, fast responses will be needed after hours.

Initial responsibilities

  • Maintain a virtual server hosted on Amazon Web Services
  • Manage a medium-sized website running Apache & Movable Type
  • Monitor system performance and plan for future capacity and scaling
  • Deploy site improvements together with CPJ's contract web developer
  • Ensure that the site has a best-in-class HTTPS configuration
  • Constantly harden all aspects of the server configuration
  • Alert CPJ staff about critical security vulnerabilities, recommend/implement action
  • Manage test & staging environments as needed
  • Ensure that all materials are safely backed up
  • Ensure that the site is secure against defacement & denial-of-service
  • Implement forward-looking security, integrity, and privacy technologies
  • Monitor system to detect possible intrusions & intrusion attempts
  • Explain related technical issues to CPJ staff

Required core skills

  • Expert knowledge of Linux system administration
  • System, network, and operational hardening
  • Ubuntu or Debian and their various norms & foibles
  • Server virtualization
  • Performance & security monitoring tools & best-practices
  • Essential scripting & automation
  • Clear written & verbal communication skills

Additional familiarity

Candidates should either already be familiar with these tools/platforms or be willing to rapidly teach themselves the ins and outs of these systems.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Best-in-class HTTPS implementations
  • Cloudflare DDoS-protection tools
  • Apache-management, especially scaling & hardening


  • Movable Type
  • MySQL
  • Experience working with journalists or publishers
  • Git
  • Track record of contribution to free-software projects

Preferred experience

This experience should represent a substantial fraction of your effort, but may be professional or volunteer.

  • 5 years experience as a Linux sysadmin or devops experience
  • 2 years experience managing Ubuntu or Debian systems
  • 2 years experience managing systems to host websites

How to Apply

CPJ seeks only the most qualified person or firm for this work and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender, orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Systems Administrator" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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