The Media Legal Defence Initiative is a charity that helps journalists’ defend their rights. We support independent media, journalists and bloggers who are under legal threat by making sure that lawyers are available to defend them; engage in strategic litigation to improve the regulatory environment for media freedom; make grants to organisations in various countries to run media defence programmes; and build the capacity of the lawyers and organisations we work with on issues of media law. MLDI was set up in 2008 and has established itself as a leader in the field. We are a dynamic and fast growing organisation looking for a proactive, creative and experienced communications expert to help us to reach our target audience, increase our organisational profile and build an engaged supporter base. 

The Media Legal Defense seeks a:

Communications Officer 

  • Salary: £30,000 pro rata
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Hours: Part-Time (18.75 hours, flexible)

Role Summary

In this role, you will play a key role in communicating MLDI’s work to new and existing audiences. Working to MLDI’s communications strategy, you will produce targeted media briefings, news stories, newsletters and other content to demonstrate the impact of MLDI’s work. You will use and develop our visual and brand identity, and lead our digital engagement.

You will be an effective communicator with a creative and strategic mind and with excellent writing and editing abilities. You will be able to present our work and produce content in a way that is both insightful and visually engaging. You will also have experience of communicating technical legal and human rights information to non-expert audiences.

Main Responsibilities

  • Commission and produce content such as news stories, case studies and press releases, ensuring content is user-friendly.
  • Coordinate and manage MLDI’s social media presence, ensuring there is engaging and inclusive content.
  • Produce and deliver MLDI’s email communications/newsletters to regularly connect with and inform supporters.
  • Identify external press and PR opportunities, developing relationships with relevant journalists or specialist media outlets. 
  • With support from the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, set up a CRM and use it to consolidate and manage MLDI’s contacts, ensuring compliance with relevant data protection regulations.
  • Develop engagement options for supporters, advocates, associates and funders.
  • Run digital analytics, social media and media citation reports to evaluate, learn from and improve our communications.
  • Support the development of digital and print marketing material which will include liaising with external providers, ensuring the MLDI brand is accurately presented and that materials are delivered on time and to budget.
  • Maintain and update MLDI’s website.
  • Contribute to the development and re-launch of MLDI’s website.
  • Represent MLDI at external events and meetings.
  • Identify and carry out any other duties which fall within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested.

Person Specification

  • Highly accomplished writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Experience of marketing and communications, preferably in the human rights/legal/media sector.
  • Practical experience of communicating technical and complicated information effectively.
  • Proven capability of maintaining relationships with commissioning editors/journalists and successfully placing content in national and specialist online/print publications.
  • Experience of working with and commissioning external suppliers and freelancers in relation to the production of communications material.
  • An interest in digital user experience.
  • Experience of writing and managing content for social media.
  • Basic graphic design, photography and video editing skills.
  • Experience of securing organizational press and PR opportunities.
  • Experience of developing and delivering e-communications and using relevant databases or software e.g. Mailchimp, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.
  • Experience of using a Content Management System (CMS) to manage web content
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of using Microsoft operating systems including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work at all levels of an organisation and influence beyond line management boundaries.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Experience of, and an interest in, international human rights, law or journalism.
  • Right to work in the UK. 


To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter referencing ‘Communications Officer’ to

MLDI is an equal opportunities employer committed to selecting candidates for employment based on aptitude and ability.

Closing date: 3 April 2018* 

*(Only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.) 

Further job details can be found here.

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