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Media Relations Coordinator

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as a Media Outreach Coordinator.

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The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Responding to incoming inquiries to the Communications Department, ensuring that all requests from journalists are promptly and correctly addressed.
  • Scanning news summaries daily to determine what updates need to be made to media contact lists, then making appropriate list changes.
  • Assisting the Director of Media Relations with development and distribution of daily promotional products, such as press releases and media availabilities, to the news media.
  • Compiling and distributing reports of Cato citations in the print and online media.
  • Overseeing a group of 2-3 interns each semester; duties include supervising their daily work output, giving feedback on performance, and providing mentorship.
  • Manage the Cato Press Twitter account.


  • 1 – 2 years work experience at a broadcast media outlet, or non-profit, government, corporate, or association marketing or public relations office.
  • Basic understanding of how the U.S news media operates
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and maintain a professional demeanor 
  • 4-year university degree in the political, communications or marketing areas of study.
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