(1 year, full-time basis, with possiblity of renewal)
Join a team working at the intersection of citizen media, human rights advocacy and technology innovation and with a track record of impact and big ideas about how to empower citizen witnesses to create real change. Engage with decision-makers in technology and news networks. Support adoption of tools/products including the Knight News Challenge award-winning InformaCam.
WITNESS envisions a world where the millions of people turning to video for human rights can do so effectively and safely. WITNESS helps human rights activists and citizen witnesses around the world use video to achieve social change. For 20 years, video has changed the course of history, and WITNESS has been there. Today, technology and social media are again revolutionizing our world, and video still has a huge untapped potential as a human rights tool.
The Program Coordinator will join a team focused on two areas:
Advocacy to Technology Companies: specifically the integration of functionalities and policies that support human rights principles and improve use of their platforms and products for human rights change
Citizen Media as a Human Right Tool: with a focus on improving citizen media as a human rights tool by advocating for ways to authenticate citizen media in the human rights, international criminal justice and news-gathering spheres.
Engagement with Technology Companies
Support WITNESS' advocacy towards technology companies oriented towards incorporating changes in policy or product that support human rights principles and human rights usages. WITNESS' focus priorities in this area are articulated in our 'Cameras Everywhere' report, and include focuses on privacy, visual anonymity as well as supporting guidance on ethics, and better modes to share and present authenticated information.
Work with Program Director and Technology Manager to plan and implement research; to develop public advocacy including blogs, presentations and short videos; and to build relationships with technology influencers.
Citizen Media Authentication
...with a particular focus on InformaCam and the J3M metadata standard, a new way to structure metadata for easier corroboration and use as evidence
Conduct outreach to networks of journalists and news organizations around incorporation of InformaCam into their workflows
Support engagement with technology companies around InformaCam/J3M/related functionalities including the incorporation of a 'witnessing functionality' into commercial platforms
Implementation of J3M standards outreach
Development of outreach materials around J3M/InformaCam
Input and support to other team members on engagement to international human rights and criminal justice community on citizen media authentication
Program Director (supervisor)
Digital Engagement Team, Communications, Media Archive, Media Operations, External Relations departments as needed
Team members at partner, the Guardian Project
The ideal candidate will have a balance of experience in technology, new forms of journalism, social media and digital communications, and human rights.
Education: Relevant Bachelor’s required; Masters preferred
Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in journalism and/or new media and technology
Journalism: A strong familiarity with the current news environment and to current trends in citizen journalism;
Technology landscape: Understanding of broader technology environment, and exposure to start-up and technology innovation environments.
Technology literacy: High level of technology literacy with a good understanding of different technology operating systems, products and platforms and the appropriate situational use of each.
Human rights: A demonstrated commitment to human rights and understanding of how human rights operate in both a domestic and international context;
Excellent writing and presentation skills ranging from blogs to slideshows to research reports;
Demonstrated capacity in persuasion, facilitation or advocacy;
Practical research and analysis skills;
Demonstrated record of dynamism and self-starting action.
Experience in a news organization dealing with a transition both to digital and to incorporating citizen journalism preferred;
Professional experience of human rights advocacy internationally
START DATE: As soon as possible
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York 11217
TERM OF ASSIGNMENT: 1 year, full-time basis, with possibility of renewal
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references with the subject line "Program Coordinator: Citizen Journalism and Technology Advocacy"
New York City, NY, US
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