Press Freedom Fellow

National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedApril 08, 2019
Job StatusTemporary
SalaryNot Specified

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hiring a Press Freedom Fellow to lead its work in ensuring the freedom of the press to fully and fairly report on matters of public interest. The Institute’s Press Freedom Fellow will monitor and report when governments limits the media’s ability to operate safely and free from interference. This includes addressing issues such as the detention and arrest of journalists, law enforcement interfering with journalists or the general public exercising their First Amendment rights, and government subverting access to information.

Responsibilities include:

  • Track developments in press freedom to proactively identify the people, places, and priorities the Institute and Club should address consistently;
  • Report out incidents when the press is prevented from exercising its right to access and distribute information, with a focus on cases where there are opportunities to develop unique expertise on those incidents and the underlying issues, which is demonstrated through original publishing, public statements, print and on-air interviews, newsletters, social media and appearances on other platforms;
  • Pilot one or two potential signature projects, potentially to include highlighting political candidates’ positions on freedom of the press and open government and/or FOIA requests and the stories they generate, to educate the general public and journalists about how freedom of information helps make the public safer and government more accountable;
  • Coordinate amicus filings with legal partners; create and update a digital amicus tracker for transparency about our work;
  • Identify criteria for issuing statements about press freedom issues and develop methods for amplifying their impact;
  • Recommend which individual press freedom cases to support in a lead role, when to intervene and how; provide support for cases we join when press freedom partners are in a lead role;  
  • Coordinate with press freedom partners and media organizations to increase shared influence;
  • Collaborate with the Club’s press freedom team to identify potential Aubuchon honorees; spotlight honorees’ work throughout their careers;
  • Catalog press freedom work done by the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute for a monthly newsletter and marketing materials;
  • Propose and help plan up to four workshops that train the general public and journalists in freedom of information opportunities, and participate in up to four major convenings annually related to press freedom.
    The successful candidate for this yearlong, part-time (20 hours per week) position will be an innovative reporter who is:
  • Passionate about press freedom and has worked to protect it
  • Experienced in managing freedom of information requests
  • Proficient at translating abstract concepts and complex material into accessible, relatable language
    About the Institute: Powering journalism in the public interest
    The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. As the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, the Institute serves as a beacon for journalism in the public interest.

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