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Executive Director, Journalism Funding Partners

Founded in late 2019, Journalism Funding Partners (JFP) is a start-up nonprofit with the mission to “help local news organizations serve their fundamental role of informing citizens about their communities.” JFP works directly with newsrooms (both nonprofit and for-profit), foundations, philanthropic entities, individual donors and members of the public to create new ways to fund journalism.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the organization’s fundraising, operations and programs. Responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising and Relationship Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Execution, Evaluation and Development
  • Financial
  • Operations
  • Board Engagement
  • Communications
  • Engagement in the Journalism Community

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Five-plus years of demonstrated fundraising success.
  • Five-plus years at the director-level or above of a 501(c)3 organization.
  • A self-starter, comfortable working as the sole staff member.
  • A person of integrity with a strong work ethic, high energy, a sense of humor and humility.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted March 3, 2021


Counsel, National Geographic

We are seeking an experienced attorney with strong transactional skills to be part of our Legal Affairs team. If you have news/media/journalism background, it is a plus! This dynamic Counsel role will report to the Assistant Chief Counsel.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise newsroom personnel as to legal considerations, such as libel, invasion of privacy, and intellectual property.
  • Respond to news story claim letters.
  • Draft agreements with content creators, international licensees, distributors, and other parties.
  • Interpret rights agreements.
  • Analyze and advise in connection with legal rights and obligations, deal structure, intellectual property matters, claims, clearances, audits and other matters arising out of the day-to-day operations of the National Geographic Media, which includes the magazines, all digital publications (e.g. podcasts, social media, and sites).
  • Clients will include other departments as NG Media, Image Collection, and International Publishing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of law firm or in-house experience.
  • Experience drafting, interpreting and negotiating rights agreements.
  • Experience conducting pre-publication review for a news organization.
  • Exposure to and an understanding of matters relative to all forms of intellectual property.
  • Ability to work with newsrooms to meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and execute efficiently against multiple, high-priority projects.
  • Ability to perform duties under minimal supervision while exercising discretion and independent, sound judgment.
  • A professional, confident demeanor and an ability to work well with colleagues and to communicate effectively and positively with clients and all levels of management, including providing counsel to senior level executives.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve in a professional, creative and ethical manner.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, other office-related software, and legal document management systems.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 25, 2021


Corporate Counsel, W20

We are seeking an attorney to join our legal team based in New York City (can be located in another city/state).  The right candidate will be a client service-oriented attorney who is ready to take on new challenges at a global company that is growing very rapidly. 

Responsibilities

  • Support and advise on global commercial legal matters with a focus on digital media, technology and privacy matters.
  • Draft and negotiate complex client and vendor commercial agreements.
  • Proactively manage legal requests as the first point of contact for company-wide legal matters.
  • Provide ongoing legal counsel on intellectual property laws, data and privacy regulations, state employment laws, and FTC regulations.
  • Create and administer legal training to key stakeholders and executive leadership.

Requirements and Experience

  • JD from accredited law school licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
  • Minimum of 5+ years’ relevant work experience in a combination of law firm and in-house; in-house experience at an advertising/marketing/PR agency, media agency or similar business a plus.
  • Extensive knowledge of advertising technology, integrated marketing, market research and digital media required.
  • Experience in SAAS licensing, digital content production, influencer and social media matters,
  • Working knowledge of FTC regulations.
  • Conversational acumen across broad business functions including marketing, HR, finance, and analytics/data science.
  • Experience with intellectual property matters including copyright, trademark, and licensing matters.
  • Experience reviewing and clearing content for creative assets preferred.
  • Strong experience with global data and privacy matters a plus.

For more information on the role at W20, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted February 25, 2021


Vice President, Legal, NBCUniversal News Group

The Vice President, News Group, will serve as a media lawyer to the NBCUniversal News Group properties, primarily on issues of newsgathering, broadcast and publication, and intellectual property. The position is based in New York and reports to the General Counsel of NBCUniversal News Group.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise News Group journalists working across a broad range of platforms, including linear television, streaming, digital, social, and podcasts, in support of a broad range of news content, including daily news programming and digital reporting, specials, investigative and breaking news, commentary, documentaries, entertainment and lifestyle, and unscripted programming.
  • Conduct pre-broadcast and pre-publication review.
  • Advise on newsgathering and access issues.
  • Counsel on copyright and other intellectual property matters; negotiate and settle pre-litigation copyright claims.
  • Respond to pre- and post-publication threats and challenges.
  • Respond to subpoenas and other third-party requests for information.
  • Draft and deliver newsroom legal training and guidelines.
  • Provide production legal support, including drafting releases and location agreements.
  • Advise on legal and regulatory issues related to, among other topics, sponsored editorial content, issue and political advertising, and elections.
  • Review promotional and marketing materials.
  • Partner with NBC News Group Standards on upholding News Group policies that protect our integrity, accuracy and independence.
  • Monitor domestic and international legal developments affecting the press, freedom of speech, and publication.
  • Partner with specialist lawyers across NBCUniversal’s Legal Department, including on News Group-related litigation.
  • Mentor and support lawyers within the News Group; contribute to an inclusive, collaborative team culture; demonstrate leadership; and take initiative to deliver value and support the production and distribution of the highest quality news content in the industry.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum of 12 years of legal experience advising news clients on content and intellectual property issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to counsel journalists in a fast-paced environment, partner with journalists to deliver compelling, diverse and visually-engaging stories and give clear, succinct, and practical legal advice that enables broadcast or publication.
  • Management experience.
  • Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school. Member in good standing of the State Bar of New York or another State Bar and registered as in-house counsel.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 24, 2021


Senior Staff Attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute

Reporting to the Institute’s Litigation Director and Executive Director, the Senior Staff Attorney will contribute to the Institute’s litigation program by conceiving and developing new litigation, leading and overseeing all aspects of litigation projects, and helping to guide the work of the Institute’s litigation team. The Senior Staff Attorney will also have a major role in shaping the Institute’s strategic agenda, supporting the Institute’s research and public education programs, speaking on behalf of the Institute to professional and academic audiences, and representing the Institute in the media. The Senior Staff Attorney must have significant litigation experience, including experience litigating First Amendment cases. The Senior Staff Attorney must also have the judgment, energy, initiative, creativity, flexibility, and passion required to work effectively both individually and as part of a team.

Responsibilities

  • Conceive of, develop, file, and lead new litigation in support of the Institute’s strategic priorities; draft and edit legal briefs and other pleadings; present oral argument; research and oversee the research by others of legal and factual questions; draft and edit research memos; work with clients and witnesses; and oversee and take discovery.
  • Help set the Institute’s strategic direction, determine the Institute’s substantive priorities, and design and implement the Institute’s research and public education programs.
  • Speak on behalf of the Institute to professional and academic audiences; write in a variety of formats (including in blog posts, op-eds, and white papers) for both legal and non-legal audiences about issues relating to the Institute’s work; and represent the Institute in the media.
  • Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and interns.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with the Institute’s partners inside and outside the Columbia University community.
  • Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and speaking engagements.

Qualifications

The Senior Staff Attorney must have a J.D. or equivalent, be admitted to the New York bar (or be in a position to gain admission to the New York bar quickly), and have ten or more years of relevant experience as a lawyer, including substantial experience conceiving of, developing, filing, and leading litigation, and experience litigating cases involving the freedoms of speech and the press. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, both oral and written; excellent analytical skills; and the ability to work independently and collaboratively as well as to supervise other lawyers.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 23, 2021


Executive Director - Berkeley Center for Law & Technology - School of Law

The Executive Director is responsible for the development, direction and operation of BCLT, working independently but pursuant to guidance from BCLT’s seventeen faculty directors, who function as the Center’s “board of directors.”

The Executive Director has full responsibility for all aspects of: raising funds to support the Center’s staff and activities; creating and managing the Center's budget; planning and organizing seminars and conferences; maintaining strong relationships with sponsoring and partner organizations; developing and monitoring the extensive law and technology curriculum at the School of Law; managing the Law and Technology Certificate Program; advising law students and supporting them with a variety of career development opportunities; administering faculty research grants; coordinating BCLT’s support of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and other student-led organizations and programs.

Based on the needs of the School of Law, and at the sole discretion of the Dean or his/her designate, the Executive Director may teach or co-teach a course in the law & technology field and may supervise student research and writing projects. On such occasions, the incumbent will be provided a concurrent academic appointment in an appropriate teaching title.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):

  • J.D. degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Expertise in one or more areas of technology-related law
  • Familiarity with the Bay Area business and legal community
  • 5+ years of professional experience
  • Prior administrative experience
  • Prior fundraising experience
  • Managerial and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Initiative and a capacity to foster teamwork and cooperation
  • Strong overall leadership capability
  • Experience with events, budgets, and grant proposals

To apply, please use the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02869.

Posted February 19, 2021


CEO, The Fashion Law

Job Overview: The Fashion Law is looking for a CEO to partner with the Founder and Editor-in-Chief to help grow and diversify the size and breadth of the business. This role will entail making high-level decisions about company policy, direction, and strategy, including (but not limited to) scaling the business, branding, fundraising, and building out the company’s board; overseeing the company’s fiscal activity; identifying and addressing potential problems and opportunities for the company; and building partnerships with other organizations and key industry stakeholders.   

Reports To: Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Qualifications:

  • Previous entrepreneurship and/or startup experience, including scaling a company and ideally, fundraising
  • Strong business acumen, quantitative + qualitative thinker
  • Strategic thought-leader with previous business development experience
  • Curious and customer-obsessed; understands how to engage an audience in interesting ways at a high level
  • Fast learner interested in rolling up their sleeves to find answers and get the job done
  • An interest in the fashion/retail industry and understanding of the TFL brand
  • Ability to self-start, meet deadlines, manage time and budget, and work quickly and efficiently both independently and collaboratively
  • Desire to contribute to an ethical, objective, and independent publication
  • Strong willingness to think outside of the box when it comes to defining what fashion means and who the stakeholders of the industry should be
  • TFL is based in New York City, but we are open to the right candidate working remotely

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted February 8, 2021


Senior Staff Attorney – Amicus, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking a senior staff attorney with at least seven years of legal experience, including significant appellate experience, to lead the Reporters Committee’s nationwide amicus practice. The senior staff attorney – amicus position presents a unique opportunity for a senior attorney to further develop and oversee a core, mission-critical aspect of the Reporters Committee’s legal work.

The Reporters Committee files approximately 50 amicus briefs each year in state and federal appellate courts across the country, frequently representing coalitions of the nation’s leading news media organizations, in matters presenting issues of importance to the First Amendment and news gathering rights of journalists. The senior staff attorney will be responsible for successfully leading the Reporters Committee’s amicus practice, including: drafting and editing amicus briefs and letters; supervising the work of less-experienced attorneys, including legal fellows, on amicus matters; participating as amicus in oral argument; and managing relationships with in-house attorneys and outside counsel in connection with the Reporters Committee’s amicus practice. The position will require a staff attorney with significant appellate experience, excellent legal writing skills, and experience successfully supervising the legal work of less-experienced attorneys. Experience representing journalists and news organizations in matters involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other news gathering and First Amendment matters, is strongly preferred.

The position will be based in Washington, D.C. The position will report to the Legal Director.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 27, 2021


Counsel/Sr. Counsel, NBC TV & Streaming Legal Affairs

The person in this role will be a member of the dynamic, fast-paced and tight-knit team that provides full-service legal support for NBCU's late night, specials and live events programming (which includes such flagship properties as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night, The Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC's live musicals, The Golden Globe Awards, Live from the Red Carpet and many others). The work involves providing practical and strategic legal guidance throughout all stages of the production process, with a focus on vetting show concepts and creative materials as well as negotiating a wide variety of agreements. This role will report to the head of legal affairs for late night, specials, and live events and will collaborate closely with members of the legal function across NBCU. Given the nature of the programming this team handles, weekend, holiday, and evening work may be required.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft, review, negotiate and interpret a variety of deals, including talent, writer, producer, and director agreements, licenses, rights agreements, production services contracts, as well as other documentation.
  • Pre-broadcast review of scripts and creative materials, with a focus on defamation, intellectual property, fair use, music clearance, and privacy in the comedy context. Advise on production legal issues.
  • Identify and implement improvements to forms and processes.
  • Work with the Legal Affairs team and colleagues in the Law Department on major projects with long-term business implications.
  • Other matters as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Member of New York bar or other U.S. state bar and JD or LLM degree from an accredited law school.
  • A minimum of 6 years of entertainment, media law, intellectual property and/or other relevant experience. In-house experience preferred.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered.
  • Willingness to work nights and on weekends, if needed.
  • Must be willing to work New York, NY. Role will initially be remote, but ultimately will be based in our New York, NY offices.

Desired Characteristics

  • Excellent drafting/negotiating skills and familiarity with a wide array of entertainment transactions. Ability to structure and draft agreements independently and efficiently.
  • Expertise in media law and content vetting, with experience advising creatives on defamation, privacy, copyright/fair use matters in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability, in a positive and practical manner, to approach complex legal scenarios in a thoughtful and analytic fashion.
  • Ability to gain the respect of, and build a rapport with, multiple constituencies at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Nimble multitasker who can manage a variety of projects on a tight schedule
  • A true team player eager to work collaboratively within a team
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Interest in comedy and pop-culture

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted December 3, 2020


Corporate Counsel, U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News empowers everyone to thrive. In this position you will have the opportunity to leverage your strengths and skills to partner with in-house business departments of U.S. News & World Report on legal, business and strategic issues. The Corporate Counsel is a generalist position with an emphasis on corporate transactional matters. You will be a member of a legal team with three attorneys and one legal assistant and report to the Senior Vice President Strategic Development and General Counsel of U.S. News.

You will have the latitude to work independently as a collaborative member of a small, collegial, fast-paced legal department. The in-house legal department of U.S. News is comprised of attorneys specializing in corporate law, first amendment, intellectual property, employment, and litigation issues. This position is based in New York City.

Are you up to the challenge?

  • Draft, negotiate, and review a variety of agreements, including those in the areas of licensing, technology, advertising, purchasing, software, and services.
  • Advise in-house business departments on various legal issues and risks and on company policies and procedures.
  • Provide support on commercial litigation matters.
  • Willingness to perform tasks outside core responsibilities when necessary.

You should definitely have:

  • The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of legal experience gained through either a top tier law firm or in-house setting, primarily focused on corporate transactional matters.
  • Expertise handling contracts and agreements is required.
  • Demonstrated negotiation process experience.
  • JD from top law school, with strong academic credentials.
  • Mature judgment with the ability to build relationships and promote confidence across the entire organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in business terms both verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences and comfortable with public speaking and presentations.
  • Admission to New York bar.

It would be nice if you had:

  • Familiarity with intellectual property and advertising and privacy issues.
  • Ability to interact effectively with management and employees at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to be a strategic business partner and trusted advisor who is decisive and brings a practical, commercial focus to the provision of legal advice.
  • A high degree of integrity and a commitment to professionalism and collegiality.
  • Ability to be a collaborative and consultative team player with an ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Organizational skills and the capacity to work simultaneously on a broad variety of legal matters.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted November 20, 2020

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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
 
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
 
 
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