North America Research Associate/Tech Reporter

Reports to: North America Program Coordinator
Location: New York preferred
Start date: Immediate
Salary: $55,000
About CPJ:

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending journalists worldwide. The Committee to Protect Journalists is broken up into six regional programs, which form the basis of its research and advocacy. While CPJ is perhaps best known for its rigorous research on arrests and killings of journalists, over the past decade it has expanded its coverage of the new threats that journalists face from surveillance, online censorship, poor corporate practices on privacy and security, and policies that could hurt the free flow of information on the internet.


The United States is home to some of the largest tech companies and platforms in the world, including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Decisions by these companies regarding content removals, user privacy, and security have global repercussions for freedom of expression. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has rolled back net neutrality protections and indicated a willingness to go after strong encryption.

Given the outsized influence of the United States on global digital rights, CPJ seeks to expand reporting on issues related to internet and technology policy within its North America program–which includes Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The North America research associate is an exempt full-time position that will cover attacks against journalists and threats media in the region with a particular focus on the intersection of technology and press freedom. The research associate will report to the North America program coordinator and will work closely with CPJ’s U.S. correspondent and Mexico representative on general coverage and advocacy around press freedom issues.

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