Saturday, March 29, 2014

Media Relations Specialist - International Justice Mission (Apply by: 27 April 2014)

Media Relations Specialist

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka

The Need

Bangalore is seeking to build new relationships with the media, and to communicate the injustice of bonded labor in a clear and compelling way—both in India and abroad—in order to effect long lasting transformation and, ultimately, the eradication of bonded labor in India.
The Media Specialist (MS) will be responsible for bringing the injustice of bonded labor to the fore within the public sphere by creating compelling content for dissemination in a variety of contexts. In order to engage hearts and minds to seek change, the MS will engage in a variety of activities, including documenting stories and assisting with event planning. This position is based in Bangalore, India, and reports to the Director of Public Relations.

Responsibilities (These include but are not limited to the following)

Writing and Publications

• Establish close rapport with journalists both in English and vernacular in print and electronic media
• Create media materials and a portfolio of articles related to IJM’s work, bonded labor, child labor and relevant news
• Support the team to organize Press briefings and Press Conferences periodically
• Write and disseminate regular press releases, support press briefings, and editorials for distribution to the media
• Develop and oversee production of print materials for press kits, media trainings, and interactions with the media
• Collate and create content for internal newsletters and ensure all publications are published as per the deadline
• Engage with the media periodically and take them on “tours” to our project area as per the norms and regulations of the organization
• Coordinate with the casework teams to document news/stories from the field (for print and video)
• Translate media content from English to Kannada and Kannada to English
• Support the team to ensure the field office is in alignment with IJM’s Global Messaging and Communication policy.


• Maintain open lines of communication with IJM Casework and Advocacy departments to maximize information sharing between the two projects.
• Create content & storytelling pieces in coordination with all Casework and Advocacy departments in order to facilitate professional, timely communications of IJM’s bonded labor work to the media and public audiences.

Travel Requirements

• Travel for documentation, collecting case stories, meetings and conferences.
• Carry out additional assignments at the Director of Public Relation’s request.

Required Skills and Experience

• Master or Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications.
• 2-4 years of relevant work experience.
• Ability to identify “news” and peg stories to suit the audience. Need to be able to write compelling stories, articles and press releases quickly and independently.
• Expertise in using Microsoft Suite Software and server-client networks.
• Experience in using Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Pagemaker or/and InDesign)
• Strong editorial eye and proofing skills. Ability to convey message and image through written, visual and oral communication.
• Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Kannada. Ability to speak and write Telugu, Hindi and Oriya preferred.
• Organized, meticulous attention to detail.
• Experience with branding and use of social media preferred.

Critical Qualities

• Attention to detail and disciplined with priorities
• Mature judgment and good interpersonal skills
• Professional in demeanor, written and oral communication
• Works well under stress and sustained positive attitude
• Flexible
• Strong ethic of service and a passion for IJM’s goals
• Always professional and honest in every situation
• Consistently cooperative, punctual and genuinely reliable
• Maintains confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information
• Serves others at any opportunity
• Displays team spirit, seeking to be a positive and cohesive influence
• Demonstrates good stewardship of time and resources

Suitable applications can be emailed to

Apply by: 27 April 2014

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