North American Research Associate/Tech Reporter

Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 22

Position description

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending journalists worldwide. The Committee to Protect Journalists is broken up into six regional programs, which form the basis of its research and advocacy. While CPJ is perhaps best known for its rigorous research on arrests and killings of journalists, over the past decade it has expanded its coverage of the new threats that journalists face from surveillance, online censorship, poor corporate practices on privacy and security, and policies that could hurt the free flow of information on the internet.


The United States is home to some of the largest tech companies and platforms in the world, including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Decisions by these companies regarding content removals, user privacy, and security have global repercussions for freedom of expression. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has rolled back net neutrality protections and indicated a willingness to go after strong encryption.

Given the outsized influence of the United States on global digital rights, CPJ seeks to expand reporting on issues related to internet and technology policy within its North America program--which includes Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The North America research associate is an exempt full-time position that will cover attacks against journalists and threats media in the region with a particular focus on the intersection of technology and press freedom. The research associate will report to the North America program coordinator and will work closely with CPJ's U.S. correspondent and Mexico representative on general coverage and advocacy around press freedom issues.


  • Report and advocate around U.S., Mexican, or Canadian policy or legal action regarding encryption, surveillance, third party doctrine, and net neutrality.
  • Identify and flag key developments in regulation, legislation, or corporate practice that could have a major impact on press freedom in the digital space. This includes tracking legislation and court cases, as well as having a good sense of what is next on the horizon.
  • Contribute to CPJ's tracking and reporting of emblematic case studies, including cases of electronic device searches at the U.S. border.
  • Work with the U.S. correspondent to write alerts and articles on press freedom violations in the United States or Canada, including arrests, physical violence, online harassment, and abusive lawsuits.
  • Refer cases of journalists in distress in North America to the CPJ's Journalist Assistance program and coordinate with the program for follow up on these cases, including referrals to partner organizations.
  • Coordinate closely with Washington Advocacy Manager on CPJ's advocacy with U.S. policymakers on issues related to press freedom.
  • Expand coverage of internet and technology issues on CPJ's social media.
  • Provide support for meetings, events, advocacy missions, and major reports as needed.


  • A strong background on the intersection between free expression and technology in the United States and a willingness to learn about these issues in Mexico and Canada.
  • At least two years of experience reporting on online censorship, surveillance, and other issues that impact free expression in the digital age.
  • A rich network of contacts with digital rights groups, security researchers, and tech companies.
  • Knowledge of press freedom issues in the United States.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Experience working in a newsroom is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of press freedom issues in Canada and Mexico is an advantage.
  • Experience working on advocacy initiatives is an advantage
  • Spanish language is an advantage

Application instructions

Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references by March 13. Include "North America Research Associate/Tech Reporter" in the subject line. 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. No phone calls, please.

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