Jobs

Hands on opportunities

During the year, the Reporters Committee offers several internships and fellowships that offer unparalleled experience for students and recent graduates in media law.

The work is challenging but rewarding. You won't spend your time opening someone else's mail, you are a part of the team from Day One.

At the Reporters Committee, interns jump right in writing and researching articles for our online and print publications. Fellows also write and edit, and they are also put to work on legal briefs and frequently handle legal defense hotline calls.

Three legal fellows are hired each year, and the details for applying can be found within the menu on the left. Interns are hired during the summer, fall and spring and, similarly, application information can be found on the menu.

Full-time staff positions, when available, will be posted here.

First Look Media Technology Fellowship

Knight Litigation Project: Attorney Position


First Look Media Technology Fellowship

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 First Look Media Technology Fellowship. 

Founded in 1970, RCFP provides resources, legal assistance, and guidance on First Amendment and freedom of information issues—ranging from reporter’s privilege to open government to net neutrality to leak investigations to the so-called “right to be forgotten.” The way in which news is created, disseminated, and consumed is rapidly changing. New technologies have transformed the landscape in which information flows and, among other things, have irrevocably altered reporter-source relationships. As a result of this changing landscape, journalists and media organizations have new opportunities and mechanisms for gathering and disseminating news, but are also exposed to new and complex risks.

The First Look Media Technology Fellow will help RCFP respond to this changing environment by focusing on the intersection between technology and media law. Among other things, the First Look Media Technology Fellow will help develop and expand RCFP’s relationships with the technology community and digital and data journalists, and take a lead role in directing RCFP’s policy and litigation work on issues including—but not limited to—cybersecurity, the future of media, free expression, access to government data, privacy, intermediary liability, and government surveillance.

Responsibilities may include:

Working with RCFP’s staff attorneys, legal fellows, media company partners, and other free press organizations to identify and stake out positions on the impact of key technology issues on journalism or First Amendment rights.

Communicating and coordinating with domestic and international advocacy groups on issues related to technology and press freedom.

Collaborating with and serving as a liaison between law school clinics and computer science departments to bring the expertise of university computer science and technology departments to clinic projects.

Writing reports, white papers, and blog posts on issues related to technology and press freedom.

Developing and participating in training and educational efforts directed at journalists on technology related issues, including the use of encryption and anonymization tools.

Improving RCFP’s existing digital tools, such as iFOIA.org, and developing new digital tools and resources for journalists.

Qualifications:

J.D. from an accredited law school;

Prior professional or academic work relating to free expression, technology policy, or privacy;

Strong interest in and familiarity with current legal and policy issues related to technology, free expression in the digital world, privacy, intermediary liability, and media law;

Excellent writing and public speaking skills;

Collaborative and enthusiastic work ethic;

Strong interpersonal skills.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to First Amendment freedoms and open government, and motivated to think creatively about the use of new technologies to protect and expand these freedoms. Fellows will be selected on the basis of relevant expertise and a demonstrated commitment to RCFP’s mission — namely, protecting and preserving freedom of speech and access to information. We will place particular emphasis on research experience or other activities that have resulted in practical advances in technology law or policy.

The First Look Media Fellowship will begin in late summer or early fall of 2016 and will be based in RCFP’s office in Washington, D.C. The fellowship carries a stipend of $66,666 and will last from 9 to 12 months, depending on experience. The position includes full health benefits. Some travel will be required.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

How to apply:

All applicants must submit the following:

- cover letter

- resume

- names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references

- writing sample

Applicants with less than one year of post-law school experience must also submit a final law school transcript.

Applications should be sent to:

Katie Townsend
Litigation Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

ktownsend@rcfp.org

No phone calls, please.


Knight Litigation Project: Attorney Position

The Reporters Committee is now accepting applications for a new attorney position to support the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Litigation Project. This position will provide an early- to mid-career litigation attorney the opportunity to work with other Reporters Committee attorneys to provide needed pro bono legal assistance to journalists and news organizations — including freelance and independent journalists, and nonprofit news organizations. This Knight Foundation-funded attorney position will focus primarily on litigation involving access to courts and public records, particularly at the state level, and on press freedom issues impacting digital media.

The position will report directly to our Litigation Director. The successful attorney applicant will work on small litigation teams and be expected to participate in all aspects of the First Amendment and media law cases handled by Reporters Committee attorneys as part of the Knight Litigation Project, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding position beginning in the fall of 2016 should have a demonstrated interest in the First Amendment and media law. Post-law school judicial clerkship, fellowship, and/or litigation experience with a law firm or public interest organization is strongly preferred. Also preferred is a working knowledge of the technological issues in communication, and their relevance to journalism and free expression. Recent law school graduates with strong credentials will be considered. Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one jurisdiction prior to joining RCFP. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission. 

The attorney will be paid an annual salary of $68,000 and will receive health and dental benefits. 

Upon completion of one year of service, the attorney will be eligible to participate in the Reporters Committee 401(k) retirement plan which currently provides an employer match of 100% of the first 5% of deferrals. 

How to apply:

All applicants must submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references
  • legal writing sample

Applicants with less than one year of post-law school experience must also submit a final law school transcript.

Applications should be sent to:

Katie Townsend
Litigation Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

ktownsend@rcfp.org

No phone calls, please.

 

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.