This week, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press welcomes Jenn Topper as communications director. In this post, Topper will oversee the development of communications and messaging strategies to advance the Reporters Committee’s mission and lead efforts to engage more people with the organization’s work.
“Jenn Topper’s deep experience in nonprofit advocacy, ranging from traditional transparency concerns to emerging digital issues, makes her the ideal person to drive RCFP’s public education initiatives as our portfolio expands,” according to Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce Brown. “We could not be more thrilled to have her join the journalism community.”
Previously, Topper was the communications director for the Sunlight Foundation where she led efforts to promote Sunlight in the media and online, and managed in-house reporting and editorial content strategy.
“This is a critical moment for press freedom, and I’m thrilled to be joining Reporters Committee and elevating the important work we’re doing to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists and the news media,” Topper said.
Prior to Sunlight Foundation, Topper managed media relations at Free Press, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the public on technology and media issues. Before joining Free Press, she worked for Rubenstein Communications, a public relations firm based in New York.
Topper holds a Bachelor’s degree in studio art, and a Master’s in Media and Communication studies with a concentration in political communication, both from Florida State University. While at FSU, she served as a sports editor and editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, the FSView and Florida Flambeau.
About the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced an unprecedented wave of government subpoenas forcing reporters to name confidential sources. Today it provides pro bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists. Funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions, the Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations; thousands of reporters, editors, and media lawyers; and many more who use our online and mobile resources. For more information, go to rcfp.org, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.