Central America Correspondent (part-time)

Committee to Protect Journalists, Flexible, Central America

Date PostedMarch 05, 2019
Job StatusPart-time
SalaryNot Specified

Position:         Central America Correspondent (part-time)

Reports to:     Central and South America Program Coordinator

Location:        Central America (flexible)


About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an 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 part-time, freelance correspondent with knowledge of Central America, with an emphasis on the Northern Triangle region, to work with its Central and South America (CSA) program.

The Central America correspondent will independently research, report, and document attacks on the press in the region and develop strong working relationships with local press freedom organizations, individual reporters and sources in the relevant countries.

The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in Latin America, with a focus on Central America. The correspondent will have extensive familiarity with regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth reports.

Demonstrated research, reporting, and writing skills, a strong network of contacts within the region and the ability to work independently are a must. Familiarity with digital rights and safety issues for journalists in the region is an asset.

Current residence in Central America is preferred.


Scope of Work:

  • Research, reporting, and writing in English and Spanish.
  • Pitching and filing written submissions (news alert, blog entry, or letter) on press freedom issues, for distribution and publication on CPJ’s website.
  • Research on individual journalists and filing assistance requests within the framework of CPJ’s Journalist Assistance Program.
  • Monitoring digital rights and security concerns as they affect journalists in the region.
  • Compiling a year-end list of journalists killed in Central America and monitoring developments in cases of killed journalists for annual impunity analysis.
  • Maintaining open communication with the CSA and editorial teams in New York and Miami.
  • Occasional travel.

Language: Fluency in English and Spanish is essential; any additional relevant language skills are an asset.

Writing test: The successful candidate will have to pass a writing test.

This is a one-year, part-time consultancy.


How to apply

Please submit a brief cover letter, resume and links to relevant writing samples to jobs@cpj.org. Please include "Central America Correspondent" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

CPJ does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, carrier status, genetic predisposition, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Deadline: March 18, 2019.

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