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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 is proud to be an equal opportunity employer open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We are building the foundation for long-term success and cultivating a collaborative and inclusive space and organizational culture.

Full-Time Positions


Local Legal Initiative Attorney

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press seeks five attorneys with at least three years of litigation experience as part of its new Local Legal Initiative (LLI). One attorney will be based in each LLI state: Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Supported by a generous investment from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, these five newly created two-year positions will provide on-the-ground litigation and other legal support to journalists and news organizations in their respective states.

LLI attorneys at the Reporters Committee will participate in all aspects of our First Amendment and media law work. They will represent news organizations and individual journalists in their respective states in impact and defense litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters to foster enterprise and investigative reporting. They will also facilitate public records and other media law trainings for journalists, and work with stakeholders across their respective states to increase visibility of the LLI and ensure the program is making a measurable impact on the ability of journalists to do investigative and enterprise journalism in the state.

These full-time positions report to the Legal Director and will last two years, with the potential for an extension. The LLI attorneys will be the only Reporters Committee staff member in their respective states but will be a fully integrated part of RCFP’s legal staff.

More information about the positions can be found in the specific job postings:
Local Legal Initiative Attorney – Oklahoma

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as we are looking to fill these positions as soon as possible.

Paralegal

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking a paralegal with at least one year of experience to join its legal team. This newly created D.C.-based position represents an opportunity to provide support to a 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 a national presence. This position reports directly to the Legal Director. More information about the position, including job responsibilities and qualifications, can be found here.

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 Inasmuch Foundation, E.W. Scripps, Jack Nelson/Dow Jones, or 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

Inasmuch Foundation Legal Fellowship

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

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 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. 2020. The deadline for a one-year fellowship position starting in Sept. 2021 is Nov. 1, 2020. 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.

Media Litigation Fellowship

This position has been filled for 2019–2021 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.

Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Legal Fellowship

The Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund has awarded a grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to create a one-year legal fellowship, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, 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 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. More information about the fellowship, including job responsibilities and qualifications, can be found here.

Policy Fellowships


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press does not currently have any open policy fellowship positions. 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. 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 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. We accept applicants for both full- and part-time internships.

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Legal Internships

The Reporters Committee is not accepting applications for legal internships for the Fall 2020 semester. 

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.

Summer: The Reporters Committee offer full-time summer internships for current law students. Summer applications open Oct. 15; interns will be hired on a rolling basis.
Spring/Fall: We also offer part-time legal internships for current law students in the D.C.-area during the fall and spring semesters. Fall applications will be accepted starting July 15. Spring applications will be accepted starting Oct. 15. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing samples (maximum of 3 clips OR a short research paper if you do not have clips), and a transcript. 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 Reporters Committee is not accepting applications for policy internships for the Fall 2020 semester.

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.

Summer: The Reporters Committee offer full-time summer internships for current students. Summer applications open Oct. 15; interns will be hired on a rolling basis.
Spring/Fall: We also offer part-time policy internships for current students during the fall and spring semesters. Spring/Fall applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing samples (maximum of 3 clips OR a short research paper if you do not have clips), and a transcript. 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/Journalism Internships

This position has been filled for Fall 2020.

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/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.

Deadline: Applications should be sent 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). A strong background in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file. Send materials via email to internships@rcfp.org.