Reprieve is a UK charity founded in 1999. Reprieve uses strategic interventions to end the use of the death penalty globally, and to end extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”.
Reprieve works with the most disenfranchised people in society, as it is in their cases that human rights are most swiftly jettisoned and the rule of law is cast aside. Thus, Reprieve promotes and protects the rights of those facing the death penalty and those who are the victims of extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”, with a focus on arbitrary detention, torture, and extrajudicial executions.
Reprieve’s main office is in London, UK. Reprieve also supports full-time fellows, who work as lawyers, investigators and campaigners in the countries in which we work. We work closely with a number of partner organisations in jurisdictions all over the world, who provide access to beneficiaries, expertise, knowledge and guidance on specific issues or regions. We work in cooperation with relevant government officials, individual lawyers and human rights defenders, as well as individual, corporate and foundation funders to further the cause of our shared goals.
The role of the Media Officer is to raise awareness of Reprieve and its work through traditional and social media, in support of the organisation’s strategic and fundraising objectives. You will be responsible for building relationships with journalists, providing media advice to Reprieve staff, and working with colleagues to ensure external messaging is consistent, in quotes, briefings, social media content and on Reprieve’s website. You will help to find and develop stories, collaborating with journalists and external partners on media that has an impact: revealing human rights abuses, shaping policy and raising the profile of our clients.
Working with the Media Project Lead and other colleagues, the Media Officer will:
- Implement Reprieve’s communications strategy in conjunction with the Media Project Lead, to ensure that our messages reach key decision-makers, supporters and the general public
- Undertake proactive media work, including developing and pitching news stories and feature articles to journalists
- Support the Media Project Lead in managing media around sensitive cases and issues, and advising casework and project teams on press strategies for these
- Draft and oversee the production of press releases, op-eds and briefings to the media
- Build contacts with journalists around the world and develop Reprieve’s existing relationships, maintaining appropriate internal records
- Support the Media Project Lead in evaluating the effectiveness of Reprieve’s media work, gathering data on coverage and assessing this alongside other relevant indicators of success
- Brief journalists as required and draft reactive, quotable, statements from Reprieve spokespeople on relevant developments and news stories
- Arrange media interviews for Reprieve staff as appropriate
- Train and brief staff ahead of media appearances
- Together with the Media Project Lead, ensure all press queries are dealt with in a timely manner with appropriate input from relevant members of the team
- Together with the Media Project Lead, ensure that an out of hours contact service is available to journalists
- Maintain excellent press office systems including contact databases, media monitoring arrangements, and coverage logs
- Help to ensure that all Reprieve media coverage is logged and documented for dissemination to funders, other key stakeholders, and for staff research, monitoring and evaluation purposes
- Working with the Head of Campaigns and Digital, the Media Project Lead, and other relevant team members to create video and written content for the Reprieve website and social media accounts
- Assist in the management of Reprieve’s social media accounts along with the Media Project Lead, the Campaigns team and other relevant team members
- Where appropriate, work with other NGOs on media projects in order to promote shared interests and aims
- Undertake special projects from time to time, particularly where such projects have an overall organisational focus
- Work with the Media Project Lead to identify any future areas of media work that warrant the investment of additional resources, and work with the Development and Outreach Team to budget for such resources
- Consider whether some of our media coverage or certain areas of our work are suitable for coverage in foreign press in languages other than in English, and assist with obtaining timely and accurate translations of content.
This role may require travel to high and extreme risk countries.
For full details and information on how to apply please see the job description.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.