Free Press Specialist

Department: Content
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Chief Content Officer/First Amendment Specialist
Date Prepared: February 2022


The free press specialist’s role is to oversee a series of free press initiatives designed to build appreciation for the role of the free press in protecting Americans’ freedoms. The mission of the Freedom Forum is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. The free press specialist will oversee existing journalism programs now focused on high school students, young professionals and developing newsroom culture that is diverse, inclusive, respectful and provides opportunities for all. The specialist will help shape and administer existing and future press freedom initiatives to promote the importance of a free press to a broad audience. This person is creative, collaborative, diplomatic, a strong writer, editor, idea generator and project manager, able to collaborate with various teams to assign and produce content across platforms. This person should be comfortable working on deadline and managing multiple projects at a time. This position reports to the First Amendment Specialist and Chief Content Officer.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities
  • Planning, reimagining and overseeing strategically considered programs designed to build appreciation for the role of the free press in protecting our freedoms.
  • Maintaining deep understanding of the role of the free press, trends in reporting and news outlets that are doing work that reflects a free press model.
  • Possessing solid knowledge of journalism history, ethics and trends.
  • Creatively imagining how to tell stories that make freedom of the press an idea accessible to and appreciated by all Americans.
  • Writing occasional columns, explainers and video scripts to explain the meaning of a free press.
  • Moderating programs and responding to press inquiries.
  • Overseeing staff that will manage journalism programs.
  • Working with Chief Content Officer and First Amendment Specialist to develop a strategic slate of initiatives that promotes understanding and support of the importance of a free press.
  • A passion for the First Amendment and the Freedom Forum’s mission.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of journalism today, its challenges and successes.
  • Historic knowledge of journalism and press ethics.
  • At least 10 years of journalism or journalism education experience.
  • Excellent writing, communication and editing skills. 
  • Experience in project management and managing staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time and work on tight deadlines.
  • A self-starter who contributes original thinking and creative energy to our work, but who collaborates and understands the benefits of a good editor and critical thinking.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in all communications.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience or familiarity with Freedom Forum programs a plus.
Application Process

Please email your application to [email protected] with a cover letter, resume and three references.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Our Unique Differences Are Our Greatest Strength

Diversity is an integral part of the Freedom Forum’s history ̶ and it is vital to our future. Our founder, Al Neuharth, championed the hiring and promotion of women and minorities across the country as chair and CEO of Gannett. His legacy lives on at the Freedom Forum, where we are committed to creating an environment where everyone across race, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, physical ability and life experience is respected, valued, encouraged and supported. Diversity fuels inclusion. Everyone offers a unique perspective; we welcome yours.

The Freedom Forum is committed to an ethical workplace, and our code of ethics reflects this commitment by promoting integrity, innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement. Competitive benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as paid time off and a 401(k) Plan.

The Freedom Forum is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.