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Litigation Paralegal

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking a paralegal with at least three years of experience to join its legal team based in Washington, D.C.  This newly created position represents an opportunity to provide support to a small team of dedicated lawyers who represent the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists in impact and defense litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters. The Litigation Paralegal is an integral position within a vibrant, growing and well-respected organization with national presence. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

More information about responsibilities and desired qualifications is available here. Interested candidates should send a resume, and contact information for three references to the Reporters Committee’s Director of Business Operations Kirsten Poole via email at  kpoole@rcfp.org. Email subject line should state: Candidate for Litigation Paralegal.

Knight/State and Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking an attorney with at least seven years of litigation experience to lead a new program to provide direct legal services to support state and local journalism across the United States.  Supported by a generous grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, this newly created senior staff attorney position represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop and oversee a new, mission-critical program at the Reporters Committee that will provide on-the-ground litigation and other legal support to journalists and news organizations in select cities around the country.

The staff attorney will be responsible for successfully launching and overseeing the program, including directly supervising the work of what will be a growing team of attorneys located in different jurisdictions. The position will require a staff attorney with significant experience representing journalists and news organizations in litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters, as well as management/supervisory experience.

The position will be based in Washington, D.C., but will require frequent travel within the United States. The position will report to the Legal Director.

More information about responsibilities and desired qualifications is available here. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a legal writing sample to Reporters Committee Legal Director Katie Townsend via email at ktownsend@rcfp.org.

Legal Fellowships


Each year, the Reporters Committee welcomes legal fellows to our Washington, D.C. office. They monitor significant developments in media law, assist staff attorneys responding to legal defense requests from reporters, assist staff attorneys in preparing legal memoranda, litigation materials and friend-of-the-court briefs, and handle other special projects. In addition, fellows write content for our website and for other publications. The work is challenging, but rewarding!

To apply for the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, E.W. Scripps, Jack Nelson/Dow Jones, or Stanton Media Litigation fellowships, please send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, a legal writing sample, and a copy of your most recent law school transcript to fellowships@rcfp.org or by mail to:

Bruce D. Brown
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th St. NW, Suite 1020
Washington, D.C. 20005

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for Sept. 2019. The deadline for a one-year fellowship position starting in Sept. 2020 is Nov. 1, 2019. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled before the November 1 deadline. 

The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that focuses on First Amendment issues, primarily involving libel, invasion of privacy, and protection of confidential sources and materials. It is funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The fellowship stipend is $65,000, with fully paid health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

E.W. Scripps Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for 2019–2021 fellowship years. 

The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that focuses on supporting local enterprise and investigative journalism, bolstering access to public records and encouraging greater government transparency.

The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career lawyer to play a hands-on role in the full scope of First Amendment and free press litigation matters handled by Reporters Committee attorneys. The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow will report directly to our Legal Director and work on small litigation teams with other legal fellows and Reporters Committee staff attorneys on a variety of First Amendment and media law cases, with a focus on assisting  with access to courts and freedom of information litigation brought on behalf of journalists and news organizations.

The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow will participate in all aspects of litigation at both the trial and appellate level, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding two-year fellowship 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. However, recent law school graduates with strong credentials will be considered. Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction at the start of the fellowship term. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission.

The fellowship is funded by The E.W. Scripps Company. The stipend is $80,000, with fully paid health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

Jack Nelson–Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for Sept. 2019. The deadline for a one-year fellowship position starting in Sept. 2020 is Nov. 1, 2019. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled before the November 1 deadline.

The Jack Nelson–Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellowship for a recent law school graduate honors Reporters Committee founder Jack Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who for many years was Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, and the Dow Jones Foundation, which has been generously supporting the Reporters Committee since 1973. Nelson, who died in 2009, is a former chair of the Executive Committee of the Reporters Committee and served on its Steering Committee for 25 years. The Dow Jones Foundation, established in 1954, supports organizations involved with journalism and press freedom, literacy and education as well as arts and culture.

The Jack Nelson–Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellow focuses on state and federal freedom of information law. The fellow can expect to participate in many aspects of trial and appellate court litigation handled by Reporters Committee attorneys in these areas, including the filing of open records requests, motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation. The fellow will also have an opportunity to contribute to RCFP’s amicus and policy work and to assist in responding to inquiries from journalists and news organizations on FOI law. The fellowship stipend is $65,000, with fully-paid health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

Stanton Foundation Media Litigation Fellowship

This position has been filled for 2019–2021 fellowship years. 

The Stanton Foundation Media Litigation Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career lawyer to play a hands-on role in the full scope of First Amendment and free press litigation matters handled by Reporters Committee staff attorneys. The Stanton Foundation Fellow will report directly to our Legal Director and work on small litigation teams with other legal fellows and Reporters Committee staff attorneys on a variety of First Amendment and media law cases, with a focus on assisting with access to courts and freedom of information litigation brought on behalf of the Reporters Committee, journalists, and news organizations.

The Stanton Foundation Fellow will participate in all aspects of state and federal litigation at both the trial and appellate level, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding two-year fellowship 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. However, recent law school graduates with strong credentials will be considered. Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction at the start of the fellowship term. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission. The Stanton Foundation Fellow will be paid an annual salary of $80,000 and will receive full health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, the president of CBS from 1946 to 1971. Among his accomplishments at the network’s helm, Stanton initiated the first televised presidential debates — the famous Kennedy-Nixon “Great Debates,” developing a format that subsequently became a staple of electoral politics. The foundation’s interests include classic and 21st-century First Amendment issues and the larger challenge of creating a better-informed citizenry.

Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for 2020-2022 . The deadline for a two-year fellowship position starting in Sept. 2020 is Nov. 1, 2019. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled before the November 1 deadline. 

The Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career lawyer to play a hands-on role in the full scope of First Amendment and free press legal and policy matters at the Reporters Committee. The Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellow is an integral member of the Technology and Press Freedom Project at the Reporters Committee and works closely with the Legal Director, the Technology and Press Freedom Project Director, staff attorneys, and other legal fellows in maintaining an active litigation docket related to national security and press rights.

The Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellow will participate in all aspects of state and federal litigation at both the trial and appellate level, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.  The Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellow will also take on a leadership role in integrated advocacy—combining law, policy analysis and public education—around emerging issues at the intersection of technology, national security, and press freedom.  Past fellows have, for instance, helped lead the organization’s work around press rights at the border and around electronic surveillance law.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding two-year fellowship should have a demonstrated interest in the First Amendment and technology law, particularly as it applies to the media. Post-law school judicial clerkship, fellowship, and/or litigation experience with a law firm or public interest organization is preferred, as is some training in a STEM field at the undergraduate or graduate level. However, recent law school graduates with strong credentials will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction at the start of the fellowship term. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission. The Stanton Foundation Fellow will be paid an annual salary of $80,000 and will receive full health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, the president of CBS from 1946 to 1971. Among his accomplishments at the network’s helm, Stanton initiated the first televised presidential debates — the famous Kennedy-Nixon “Great Debates,” developing a format that subsequently became a staple of electoral politics. The foundation’s interests include classic and 21st-century First Amendment issues and the larger challenge of creating a better-informed citizenry.

Technology and Press Freedom Project Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 . The deadline for a one-year fellowship position starting in Sept. 2020 is Nov. 1, 2019. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled before the November 1 deadline. 

The Technology and Press Freedom Project at the Reporters Committee integrates law, policy analysis and public education to advocate for press rights in emerging technology issues, such as reporter-source protections, electronic surveillance and content regulation in mass media.  TPFP offers a one-year legal fellowship.  Applicants should be recent law school graduates, though we will also accept applications from individuals with a STEM background and a demonstrated interest in technology policy and law.  The legal fellow will work with all elements of the Reporters Committee, including legal, policy and communications.

The fellowship stipend is $65,000, with fully paid health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.

Policy Fellowships


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press occasionally has non-legal fellowship positions for current undergraduate, graduate, or law students. We also participate in the summer Google Policy Fellowship program. Please check back for available opportunities.

Internships


The Reporters Committee offers internships for college students and recent graduates, as well as current law students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The Reporters Committee provides its interns with regular opportunities to interact with working journalists, media lawyers and policymakers through seminars around Washington, D.C. Interns may attend congressional hearings, hear arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court or other federal appellate courts, and visit newsrooms and government agencies where they can learn firsthand about free press issues.

Interns may receive college credit and are eligible to receive a competitive stipend from the Reporters Committee. Some interns may be enrolled in Washington semester study programs through their colleges or universities.

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To apply for any RCFP internship: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples (maximum of 3 clips OR a short research paper if you do not have clips). A strong background in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file.

Applications should be sent by March 1 for the summer term; Aug. 1 for fall; and Nov. 1 for spring. RCFP offers a stipend of $1,500 for a part-time internship (16-20 hours per week for the term), and $3,000 for full-time (35-40 hours per week for the term).

Send materials via email to internships@rcfp.org.

Prospective interns can apply for three areas of interest: legal, policy and communications.

Legal internships

The Reporters Committee offers part-time legal internships for current law students in the D.C.-area during the Fall and Spring semesters. We also offer full-time Summer Internships for current law students. Legal interns have the opportunity to work with Reporters Committee attorneys on litigation and amicus-related projects, conduct legal research, and gain hands-on experience addressing a broad range of media law issues.

Policy internships

The RCFP policy department offer two different internship opportunities – general policy and tech policy.

Policy interns have the opportunity to work with the Reporters Committee policy team on press freedom projects that impact both federal and state policy. Applicants should be current undergraduate or graduate students interested in public policy and press freedom. The Policy intern will provide essential research on legislation and policies related to press freedom, along with updating policy documents and resources for our website. Interns will have the chance to experience policy-related events around Washington, D.C. as opportunities arise, such as attending congressional hearings, policy briefings and strategy meetings.

The Technology and Press Freedom Project at the Reporters Committee combines law, policy analysis and public education on issues such as reporter-source protection, content regulation online and electronic surveillance. TPFP offers one internship each semester and over the summer. Applicants should be students studying law though we will also accept applications from students in a STEM field with an interest in public policy.  Interns will have the opportunity to work broadly with all elements of the organization, including legal, policy and communications.

Communications/journalism internships

The Reporters Committee’s communications team offers part- and full-time internships for college students and recent graduates in the fall and spring semesters, and during the summer. The Communications/Journalism Intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff across the organization (legal, policy, development, and operations) as they support the communications team in raising awareness of and engaging more people with the Reporters Committee’s mission and work.

Interns will write about media law issues for the Reporters Committee’s website, support content creation for our social media channels and monthly newsletter, contribute to ongoing research, and help maintain key resources. Interns will also have opportunities to interact with and learn about free press issues from journalists, media lawyers, and policymakers through seminars, court hearings, and congressional hearings, as well as visits to newsrooms and government agencies.

Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, have a strong writing background, and be interested in expanding their knowledge about U.S. press freedom and media law issues.