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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Interns have the opportunity to work with staff on major projects, contribute to ongoing research, and report and write about media law issues for our website.

The Reporters Committee also 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.

To apply: 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; July 1 for fall; and Nov. 1 for spring.

Send materials via email to internships@rcfp.org. No phone calls, please.

Part-Time Positions


Litigation Paralegal

We are seeking a Part-Time Litigation Paralegal to support our First Amendment and media litigation and amicus work in state and federal courts. This position will be paid at an hourly rate of at least $25 an hour commensurate with level of experience, with a minimum of 10 hours per week. The schedule will be flexible, allowing for hours to be worked outside of normal business hours. Interested candidates should send a resume and three references to Reporters Committee’s Legal Director Katie Townsend via email at ktownsend@rcfp.org.