The Knight First Amendment Institute defends the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Our aim is to promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.
Since its establishment in 2016, the Institute has filed precedent-setting litigation, undertaken major interdisciplinary research initiatives, and become an influential voice in debates about the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age. Its active litigation docket includes cutting-edge cases relating to transparency, surveillance, and social media. Through its research program, the Institute has published a series of influential essays focused on emerging threats to the system of free expression. It has also hosted public events on new technology and public discourse, data journalism and the law, the First Amendment and inequality, whistleblowers, leaks, and national-security journalism.
The Institute seeks an experienced editor to edit and write content in support of the Institute’s research and litigation programs, to develop the Institute’s overall editorial voice across its research, communications, and public education work, and to further the Institute’s mission to defend free speech in the digital age. The Writer/Editor reports to the Communications Director and Research Director.
- Edit a wide range of written materials, including opinion pieces, blog posts, social media content, explainers, position papers, reports, newsletters and promotional communications for various audiences.
- In conjunction with the Research Director, manage the editorial process for research papers, essay series, and reports written by a range of scholars, technologists, and journalists.
- Copyedit and proofread the Institute’s written communications and ensure that they comply with Knight Institute and Bluebook style guides as appropriate.
- Write, co-write, and contribute to the wide range of materials the Institute produces, including opinion pieces, blog posts, social media content, explainers, position papers, reports, newsletters and promotional communications for various audiences.
- Supervise junior staff and consultants in the production, printing and/or posting of publications.
- Working with the Communications Director, develop the editorial direction of the Institute’s blog, shape the Institute’s editorial tone and voice, and advance the Institute’s overall editorial content for a range of audiences and publications.
- in partnership with the communications team, continuously increase the visibility of and engagement with the Institute’s publications across various platforms.
- Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- B.A. and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
- Extensive experience editing written materials for publication, and significant experience writing for publication.
- Broad experience developing and implementing editorial content for advocacy organizations.
- Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills, and strong project management skills.
- A background in journalism is a plus.
- Experience working with legal and/or advocacy organizations.
- Strong familiarity with peer organizations and relevant publications.
- Significant knowledge of issues relating to the freedoms of speech and the press.
- Understanding of or interest in the impact of new technologies on freedom of expression.