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Opportunities at the Reporters Committee include full-time positions, legal and policy fellowships, internships, and other openings as they are available. Please note application and deadline requirements for each position.

The Reporters Committee offers comprehensive benefits packages for full-time employees, including 18 weeks of paid parental leave and up to 24 weeks of leave after one year of service through our New Child Leave Policy.

The Reporters Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, people of all ages, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

RCFP is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: RCFP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RCFP are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, age, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. RCFP will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Full-Time Positions


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press does not currently have any open full-time positions.

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 any of the legal fellowships listed below, please submit your materials using this SmartRecruiters link. Applicants interested in multiple fellowships should submit one application and indicate a fellowship preference in their cover letter.

In addition to accepting applications submitted directly to the Reporters Committee through SmartRecruiters, RCFP receives applications submitted through Equal Justice Works. Those who apply for a Reporters Committee legal fellowship through Equal Justice Works are not required to submit a separate application through SmartRecruiters.

Applications are open from July 15 to October 1 for the following year. For more information about each of our legal fellowships, see the job descriptions below.

Inasmuch Foundation Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for the 2021-2022 fellowship year.

The Inasmuch Foundation 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 Inasmuch 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 2021-2023 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 the 2021-2022 fellowship year.

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.

Media Litigation Fellowship

This position has been filled for 2021-2023 fellowship years. 

The 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 Media Litigation 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 Media Litigation 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 Media Litigation 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.

Stanton Foundation National Security/Free Press Fellowship

This position has been filled for 2020–2022 fellowship years. 

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 Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for the 2021-2022 fellowship year.

The Technology and Press Freedom Project Legal Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that focuses on technology law and related issues. The fellow is an integral part of the Technology and Press Freedom Project at the Reporters Committee, which combines law, policy analysis and public education to advocate for the First Amendment rights and freedom of information interests of the news media and the public. The project works on an array of issues at the intersection of the First Amendment, media law and technology, including reporter-source confidentiality protections, content moderation and regulation, and the impact of complex regulatory regimes, such as antitrust or telecommunications regulations, on the news media.

The salary for this position is $65,000 per year, with fully paid health insurance, paid time off, 401k and other benefits.

Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Legal Fellowship

This position has been filled for the 2021-2022 fellowship year.

Borealis Philanthropy has awarded a grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for a one-year legal fellowship in order to expand its capacity to better identify, support, and address the legal needs of journalists of color, newsrooms led by people of color, and reporters covering issues pertinent to communities of color, across the country. The Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Legal Fellow will be part of a team of Reporters Committee attorneys who provide pro bono legal services to individual journalists, including documentary filmmakers, and news organizations.

The salary for this position is $65,000 per year, with fully paid health insurance, paid time off, 401k and other benefits.

Policy Fellowships


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press does not currently have any open policy fellowship positions.

Internships


Interns are paid $15 per hour or may receive college credit. Some interns may be enrolled in Washington semester study programs through their colleges or universities.

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Legal Internships

The RCFP legal team offers up to three full-time summer internships for current law students (1Ls and 2Ls). 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.

Deadline: We are longer accepting legal intern applications for the 2021 summer term. Legal interns will be hired on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for a 2022 summer legal internship is Oct. 15, 2021.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample (preferably a legal writing sample) and a transcript (transcripts are only required for 2L applicants). A strong background or interest in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file. Send materials via email to internships@rcfp.org.

Policy Internships

The RCFP policy team offers one full-time summer internship for current students.

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.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for a 2021 summer policy internship is March 1, 2021.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and an undergraduate or graduate transcript, if applicable. A strong background or interest in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file. Send materials via email to internships@rcfp.org.

Communications Internships

The Reporters Committee’s communications team offers part- and full-time internships for college students and recent graduates in the fall, spring and summer semesters. The Communications 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.

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.

Deadline: Applications should be submitted by March 1 for the summer term; Aug. 1 for fall; and Nov. 1 for spring.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples (maximum of 3 clips OR a short research paper if you do not have clips) using this SmartRecruiters link. A strong background in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file.