Position: Europe Correspondent (part-time)
Reports to: Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
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 Brussels-based Europe correspondent to work with its Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program. The Europe correspondent will research, report, and document attacks on the press in EU member states (including the United Kingdom) and EU candidate countries, where freedom of expression faces increasing, new challenges. The work of the Europe correspondent will serve as a foundation of CPJ’s advocacy before both EU institutions and European governments. To achieve that, the Europe correspondent will work in close coordination with CPJ’s Brussels-based EU Representative and Advocacy Manager as well as with CPJ’s New York-based Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator.
The ideal candidate will have passion for and knowledge of press freedom and human rights issues in Europe, with a focus on EU member states (including the United Kingdom) and EU candidate countries.
Strong research, reporting, and writing skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with a small team, are a must. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential. Fluency in French is strongly preferred. Additional regional-language proficiency, especially in Balkan languages, is an asset. The ability to effectively use social media to promote the ECA program’s work in Europe is required.
• Conducting research, reporting, and writing in English and other European languages.
• Monitoring breaking news and events affecting press freedom and journalists in the EU member states (including the United Kingdom) and in EU candidate countries, and flagging them to both the EU Representative and the ECA Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
• Coordinating appropriate response with the Brussels-based EU Representative and reacting in a timely manner should expediency of response be necessary. Coordinating appropriate response with both the New York-based ECA Program Coordinator and the Brussels-based EU Representative where longer-term, non-urgent issues are concerned.
• Conducting interviews in English and other European languages
• Documenting press freedom violations in Europe.
• Working with the ECA Program Coordinator on regional advocacy efforts, in coordination with the EU Advocacy Representative
• Working collaboratively with the ECA team in New York, the Turkey Representative in Istanbul, and other ECA correspondents in the region.
• Being the CPJ point of contact and filing regional press freedom cases to the Council of Europe’s Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists.
• Occasionally traveling on CPJ regional fact-finding and advocacy missions, and representing CPJ at events devoted to press freedom in Europe
• A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in journalism, international affairs, or a related field
• Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Europe, including EU candidate countries.
• Regional experience is an asset.
• Proven skills in writing accurately and succinctly
Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to email@example.com
. Please include "Europe Correspondent" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.