Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Americas Program Research Associate
Europe and Central Asia Program Intern
Communications Intern
Systems Administrator

Americas Program Research Associate

Reports to: Senior Americas Program Coordinator
Location: New York, USA
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of press freedom worldwide, seeks a researcher for its Americas program to work full-time in our New York City office. The Program Research Associate works under the supervision of the Senior Americas Program Coordinator to closely monitor, document and respond to press freedom abuses in the Americas. Applicants should have knowledge of media and human rights issues in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, the ability to work independently and proactively, and a commitment to press freedom.

The program researcher key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor, document and respond to press freedom abuses in the region.
  • Communicate regularly with journalists and human rights activists in the region.
  • Research and write news alerts, letters of appeal, special reports and blog posts.
  • Assist with planning and implementing of our advocacy efforts.
  • Translate content into Spanish or vet translations.
  • Maintain the Americas program’s social media accounts.
  • Help vet Journalist Assistance cases for the region.
  • Assist program coordinator with miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as impact reports and program plans. 

Qualifications and skills:

  • Knowledge of press freedom and media issues in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (speaking, reading and writing) is required. Portuguese and/or French language skills are a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits including 100% employer paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. 

How to apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Please include “Americas Program Research Associate” in the subject line. Please also include a 500-word personal statement on why you consider press freedom to be important.
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.


Communications Intern

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) seeks a communications intern to assist its advocacy department in preparing for upcoming events, including the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards, the launch of the annual killed and imprisoned census, and the launch of special reports. The intern will be part of an advocacy department that works closely with CPJ’s regional teams. Excellent organizational skills, the ability to work independently or in a team in a fast-paced environment, and a working knowledge of the dynamics of news media and social media are essential to succeeding in this role.

Interested applications should apply by September 1. The time frame for the internship is September 15 through December 15.

The position is a full-time, non-exempt, temporary position paid at minimum wage and based in New York City.

The communications intern’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assist in the preparation and execution of CPJ’s annual International Press Freedom Awards (IPFA). The candidate MUST be available on November 24 (including the evening) and 25.
  2. Curate and manage CPJ’s IPFA database and digitize old files.
  3. Support CPJ’s social media presence.
  4. Produce promotional materials and Web content (depending on video and multimedia skills) for special reports and IPFA.
  5. Maintain CPJ’s global media contacts database and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of their contacts.
  6. Assist with logistical preparations for events, press conferences, and meetings.
  7. Provide general administrative and logistical support to the advocacy team, including event planning, staffing, and note-taking at internal and external events. Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects as needed.

Desired skills and experience:

  1. Experience organizing large volumes of data and/or developing organizational systems.
  2. Strong attention to detail.
  3. Desire to develop media relations skills.
  4. Deadline-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  5. Deep interest and commitment to press freedom.
  6. Strong writing and editing skills.
  7. Knowledge of social media and news media outlets and trends.
  8. Video or design skills are preferred.
  9. Foreign language skills are an asset.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and one short writing sample to [email protected]. Please include "Communications 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.


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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