The Marshall Project, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice, has just announced the hire of its first-ever director of careers and culture, Emma Carew Grovum.
Carew Grovum is the founder of Kimbap Media, a consultancy solving problems at the intersection of journalism, technology, and audience. She will join The Marshall Project on Nov. 16.
Carew Grovum will develop and execute a strategy to identify, recruit and communicate with future Marshall Project employees. She will join the team of Chief Strategy Officer, Ebony Reed, working closely with the human resources team and managers to enhance existing onboarding experiences for new hires. She will also oversee professional development, which includes surveying staff for internal feedback, planning national and regional staff retreats, and DEI programming.
“Emma is perfect for this role, given her deep experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” Reed said. “We will learn a lot from and along the way with Emma. I proposed this role in my first quarter at The Marshall Project earlier this year. It is a dream come true to add it to the hiring roadmap and now to bring it to my colleagues. As we are growing, it is essential we place a focus on our culture, hiring and retention strategies.”
Carew Grovum has coached journalists on leadership, product thinking and digital transformation. Beyond running Kimbap Media, she holds several additional industry roles, including programming director for the News Product Alliance and lead partner at Media Bridge Partners, a collective of like-minded journalists working to bring newsrooms into an anti-racist future.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be taking on such a tremendous opportunity with The Marshall Project. The team here is building a new kind of newsroom, one where staff can feel empowered to do their best work while being their authentic selves, and I can’t wait to be part of it,” Carew Grovum said.
She has previously held editorial, leadership and product roles at The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Star Tribune. Additionally, she is the recipient of the AAJA Executive Leadership Program award and the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Above the Fold award for alumni under 40. Carew Grovum is also an alumnus and past guest faculty of the Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy.
She is based in New York.