Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Washington D.C.
40,000 annual stipend
Apr 18, 2018
May 18, 2018
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Position:  Patti Birch Fellow for Gender and Media Freedom

Reports to: Advocacy Director

Location: Washington D.C.

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.


Journalists, regardless of their gender, should be allowed to report freely and without fear of retaliation or reprisal. The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a qualified individual for the inaugural Patti Birch Fellowship program. This is a one-year fellowship that was created in honor of Patti Birch, with support from the Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation.

The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate, or early career journalist with an interest in projects related to women and journalism. The Patti Birch Fellow will carry out an independent project on gender and press freedom, including a presentation, while working closely with CPJ’s Advocacy team on a variety of topics. The fellowship comes with annual stipend of $40,000 and a full benefits package.


The Patti Birch Fellow’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work alongside the advocacy team to ensure that gender related issues are highlighted in key CPJ campaigns and initiatives, such as Free the Press.
  • Identify potential partnerships or opportunities for CPJ advocacy and engagement on gender-related press freedom issues.
  • Identify and prepare CPJ input to consultations and processes based on CPJ data and reporting related to women journalists and the threats they face.
  • Draft remarks, newsletter content, press releases, blogs, or other content as needed.
  • Design and implement a special project determined in conjunction with the Advocacy Director.
  • Help organize and provide support for events including report launches, panels and partnership events.
  • Participate in wider-ranging collaborative projects, or regionally focused efforts as needed.


  • A deep interest in and knowledge of gender related issues, press freedom, journalism and human rights
  • Demonstrated experience with working on gender related issues or women’s rights.
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills, and attention to detail
  • Deadline oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment  
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff
  • An undergraduate degree
  • Candidates must be authorized to be employed in the United States

How to Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample and links to relevant social media profiles by May 11 to Please include "Patti Birch Fellow - Gender" in the subject line. The selected fellow will begin work in July 2018.

No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.