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PR & Events Associate (Contract)

ProPublica is seeking a freelance PR & events associate to help support our communications and marketing team while the marketing director takes maternity leave over the summer. This includes supporting a roster of fall editorial events, as well as pitching stories to media outlets, writing press releases, and a variety of other tasks.

Events: The marketing director will have laid much groundwork for program logistics, including the development of press releases and templates for programs, invitations and other event materials. In their role, the associate will be responsible for executing outstanding tasks — primarily in the areas of speaker and partner liaison, event promotion and audience outreach — and moving them forward to keep event planning on track.

Our ideal candidate is someone with proven communications and event production savvy who is passionate about journalism that serves the public interest and community engagement. This role will report to the vice president of business development with oversight from the director of public relations, in addition to working closely with ProPublica reporters and event partners.

This is a contract position based in our New York office. Candidates should have full-time availability June-August; additional contract hours may be available throughout the fall.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and build contact lists on target audiences including experts, advocates and other stakeholders

  • Execute persuasive email campaigns to recruit and engage audiences

  • Pitch events to local media (online, TV, radio and print) and community calendars

  • Respond to media requests and reader queries

  • Pitch stories to local and national media outlets spotlighting ProPublica’s original reporting

  • Write press releases and other marketing materials on an as-needed basis

  • Finalize event materials including press releases, flyers, social media graphics and email invitations

  • Liaise with event partners on room set-up, audio-visual needs, catering and other logistics

  • Liaise with speakers to manage outstanding travel accommodations, collect bios and share event instructions and other details

Qualifications

  • 3+ years in marketing, public relations or event production

  • Strong, sharp and personable writing and editing skills

  • Polished and professional liaison with audiences, community stakeholders and speakers

  • Ability to manage projects with an eye to small details

  • Strong team player with desire to collaborate with others

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.)

We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

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