Freelancer Community Organiser

New Naratif is a movement for democracy, freedom of information, and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. We publish information, empower people to create change, and advocate for progressive values in Southeast Asia. Learn more about us here.

Southeast Asia is a region where independent media is constantly under attack from authoritarianism. In response, New Naratif is creating a Southeast Asian Media Freedom Network (SEA-MFN) to promote media freedom and, more broadly, freedom of expression. As independent media coverage in Southeast Asia is to a large degree being provided by media freelancers, who need help and support for what they do, we are creating the position of Freelancer Community Organiser within SEA-MFN. You will be in charge of organising and supporting media professionals who work on a freelance basis in Southeast Asia, empowering them to resist attempts to breach their right to freedom of expression.

About the Job

As Freelancer Community Organiser, you will build a network of freelance media professionals across Southeast Asia for mutual aid and protection. Your responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Advocacy Manager and Research Editor, conduct research and publish reports (a minimum of five in the first year, eventually on every country in Southeast Asia) on freedom of expression issues faced by media freelancers in Southeast Asia, in a variety of accessible formats; and update and maintain those reports in subsequent years.
  • Using the information from your research, create and manage a regional network of media freelancers, as part of the Southeast Asian Media Freedom Network (SEA-MFN), to promote media freedom specifically and freedom of expression generally in Southeast Asia, and build solidarity among media freelancers which value media freedom in Southeast Asia. This includes:
    • Compiling and maintaining a list of legal, financial, and other resources to defend media freedom for media freelancers in Southeast Asia, and make it accessible through SEA-MFN;
    • Developing SEA-MFN into a solidarity and support network for mutual aid and advocacy, organising joint action in response to attacks on the freedom of expression for individual freelancers, and assisting organisations in need.
    • Responding to requests for help from media freelancers by providing them with lists of resources, referring them to organisations or individuals who can provide support, and training freelancers on best practices for self-protection.
    • Coordinating with our Advocacy Manager to jointly promote media freedom for both media organisations and freelancers;
    • Monitoring SEA for breaches of media freedom for media freelancers, and raise awareness locally, regionally, and globally.
  • Working with our Editorial team, build and maintain a database of media freelancers for New Naratif, with the aim of making it easier for New Naratif and other media organisations to find and work with freelancers who produce good quality and professional content.
  • Proposing and executing strategies for advancing media freedom for freelancers in Southeast Asia.


Due to our remote, online working environment, you have to be responsible, communicate and collaborate well online, and be willing to work from home or your own office. New Naratif uses Trello, Wire, and Google Suite (especially Docs, Sheets, and Meet) to collaborate.

We would prefer someone with experience with community organising. You should have native-level English, both written and spoken, and be bilingual in a Southeast Asian language to conduct interviews and provide support to freelancers in that language. If you’re ready for a new professional challenge, and the chance to build a new campaign for media freedom in Southeast Asia, please send an email to PJ Thum, our Managing Director, at pingtjin.thum AT, with your CV and a cover letter telling us how you envision this role and your ideas for promoting media freedom for media freelancers in Southeast Asia. Please include the names and contact information for two character referees.

This role is in the Research and Advocacy Department and reports directly to the Managing Director.  It is full-time (40 hours/week) and is initially for one year. The position will be reviewed at the end of the year and may be renewed depending on performance and on the availability of funding to support this position.

We regret, due to an ongoing conflict with the government of Singapore, we are unable to hire anyone who resides in Singapore.