Job Opening: Specialist Policy Fellow (Internet and Journalism Project)

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a public interest fellowship to help develop proposals to confront disinformation online and promote quality local journalism in the digital era.

Position: Specialist Policy Fellow

Length: One Year

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary: This specialized fellowship provides an opportunity to research, write, and use analytical and policy skills in an on-the-job setting. This fellowship includes direct development of a new project in the emerging area of internet information analysis and improvement to build a business model for local journalism in the digital marketplace.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Research, analysis, and writing on internet disinformation, fact checking strategies, and approaches to improving the trustworthiness of internet information.
  • Analysis of existing and new proposals to improve internet information and local journalism, including examination of funding elements with attention to self-sustaining models. Cataloguing previous proposals and benchmarking them against new proposed concepts. 
  • Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill and with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and key stakeholders.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate the development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree. Journalism education a plus.
  • Strong preference for journalism or digital advertising background and experience.
  • Prior research, analysis, and understanding of journalism and the news industry.
  • Ability to digest and understand legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.


  • Dedication to the fight for freedom of the press, civil liberties, human rights, and internet policies that empower individuals and communities.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Application Process

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two or three professional references (i.e. supervisors) to Applications are considered on a rolling basis beginning on December 12, 2019 until the position is filled.  

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