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Paris, France

Internship with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

Position: Internship with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 months, full time
Remuneration: 554,60 € p/m, + meal vouchers and transport costs

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is offering a full time internship for a highly motivated and engaged candidate to work across its media freedom, media policy and media innovation departments on a range of exciting projects that are at the core of the organisation’s global mandate to serve the news industry.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong analytical, research, data management and organisational skills;
  • A high level of written and oral communication skills in English (native-level speakers will be prioritised);
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Experience in using Web tools and working across online platforms (websites, social media, etc.);
  • Proficiency in the MS Office suite and general aptitude for technology;
  • Experience designing and/or carrying out research methodologies as well as compiling and interpreting large amounts of data (desirable);
  • Knowledge of Spanish (written and spoken) would be a desirable asset for this role

 S/he will also:

  • Be pursuing to an advanced stage university-level qualifications in humanities, media/journalism, technology and its application, international relations, development, human rights, law, or related fields;
  • Ideally have had prior experience working, interning or volunteering in: journalism, communications, development, international organisations, human rights, non-profit sectors, technology companies and/or start up enterprises;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in some, or all, of the following: the media, technological innovation, issues pertaining to media freedom, international law or policy, a general awareness of human rights and development issues.

Scope of work:

Providing research support across media freedom monitoring, media policy and innovation cases in news media. Contribute to mapping and reporting findings across all three areas.

Providing Communications support to help curate, update and moderate a range of online platforms, manage contacts, assist in producing communications materials, and diffuse work across social media channels.

Providing Logistical support for workshop preparation and onsite event management, as needed.

About the role:


The candidate would be expected to divide his/her time between the following departments:


WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom department has a global mandate to monitor and inform on media freedom violations and threats to freedom of expression. Detailed project work focuses on advocacy and development in over 20 countries worldwide, while its established position within the global community of freedom of expression organisations sees WAN-IFRA act and react on behalf of a worldwide membership to a range of issues related to media freedom, including the safety and protection of journalists, legislative impediments, access to information and censorship in all its forms.


WAN-IFRA’s Media Policy department recognises that the news publishing industry is experiencing transformation at an ever-growing pace, with new policy issues arising as the landscape changes. Much of this is related to digital publishing and the flow of information online. Our aim is to foster knowledge-sharing that allows policy experts and publishers to come together to contribute their views on where the industry is headed, and to voice the opinion of news media across the various platforms where debate on regulation and policy take place. We focus on selected policy issues, this year in particular sees us tackling privacy/the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ and Internet governance, with the goal of monitoring and analysing the relevant developments through our website and associated events. For this role, legal studies would be a plus.


WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) focuses on five main topic areas relevant to the future of news media companies, news professionals, and news consumers:

1         New platforms/distribution channels: mobility, wear-ability, the Internet of Things (smart cities, connected homes, connected cars, connected devices);

2         New forms of narrative and storytelling: immersive content, VR, 360° video, social media;

3         Data exploration: big data, data visualisation, automatic generation of content;

4         Technology enablers: privacy, security;

5         Multiple media convergence: interoperability, standards (IPTC, etc.)


To apply:


Please send your CV along with two recent examples of (unedited) written work and a letter of motivation telling us why you would be appropriate for the role and what you believe are the main challenges facing today’s global media, to the following address:


Applicants must possess a convention de stage to be considered eligible for this position.



WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Mexico City, Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.


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