Seeking a Communications Fellow – Student Press Law Center

About the Center for Student Press Law:

The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is an independent, nonpartisan 501c(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. that works at the intersection of law, journalism, and education to promote, support, and defend the rights of the First Amendment for student journalists at the high school and college levels. Founded in 1974, the Student Press Law Center has a toll-free hotline that serves thousands of student journalists and counsel across the United States. Through a strong endowment, growing support from foundations and generous individual donors, we also engage in training, advocacy and outreach to empower student journalists, promote the value of journalism education and highlight the need for provide legal protections for student press freedom through new voices. movement. As an organization, we embrace change and encourage innovation while creating a dynamic and creative workplace. For more information on SPLC’s mission, history and vision, visit and @splc.

Position summary:

We are looking for a Postgraduate Communications Fellow who will help SPLC achieve our communications goals: building and maintaining the organization’s brand, ensuring proactive and consistent communications with key interest groups and stakeholders, elevating and amplifying the SPLC’s work and student achievements and challenges. journalists, and help communicate our core mission of promoting, supporting and advocating for student journalists and their advisors. The fellow will supervise a storytelling intern and will report to and work closely with the digital strategist.


Develop a communications strategy with key tactics outlined in these areas:

  • Work closely with the Digital Strategist to coordinate newsletter, website, blog and social media content and messaging in accordance with the communications plan, including but not limited to:
    • Write and distribute the weekly SPLC newsletter
    • Solicit, edit and post contributions to the SPLC blog
    • Promote SPLC events
    • Collect and organize student content to help tell the story of student journalism
  • Supervise the storytelling intern to ensure timely stories about student journalism and the work of SPLC are created and distributed
  • Write, design and oversee the production of an annual organizational report
  • Coordinate the solicitation and selection of SPLC’s Courage in Journalism and Reveille Seven awards.
  • Monitor social media and partner mailing lists to identify emerging issues and help coordinate responses in a timely manner
  • Implement SPLC’s brand identity and storytelling strategy to ensure SPLC’s work and mission is communicated effectively
  • Other assigned duties


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications or related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills
  • Technological aptitude and willingness to quickly develop expertise with new software as needed
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite required and familiarity with Salesforce CRM preferred
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and execute daily tasks effectively, work independently and take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Diligent with proper tracking and follow-up
  • Independent, proactive, team player with a positive attitude
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and commitment and passion for SPLC’s mission
  • A demonstrated commitment to contributing meaningfully to a workplace where equity and inclusion are core values.


$45,000 per year plus benefits (including 100% health, dental, and vision care; long-term and short-term disability; FSA account; and 403(b) retirement fund)


One year, renewable by mutual agreement for the second year.


The office is based in Washington DC but the staff is dispersed across the United States. Willingness to work in the Eastern time zone is required.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume detailing successful communications and/or outreach initiatives you have led and a challenge you have overcome. Please explain why you are uniquely qualified for this position, include two references and any online links to your work. Please send all documents to Alexis Mason, SPLC Outreach and Operations Manager at [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The Student Press Law Center strives to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each person’s unique talents and lived experiences. We actively seek people who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to join us in our work. As an EOE/AA employer, the Student Press Law Center will not discriminate in its employment practices because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or nationality. ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran, or disability. status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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