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Who We Are

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. We have won two Pulitzer Prizes: in 2021 for national reporting and in 2016 for explanatory journalism; we were also a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting. We are not advocates—we follow the facts and we do not pander to any audience—but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. We do not generally cover breaking news (although we curate the reporting of other news outlets in our morning newsletter). Our work includes investigative and explanatory projects and shorter pieces aimed at highlighting stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand. To assure our work reaches a larger audience we partner or co-publish with other media outlets on almost all of our work; we have partnered with more than 100 newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online sites.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated or otherwise involved with the criminal justice system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

We have TWO openings to join our audience team as engagement producers. These roles will have significant overlap in duties and we expect them to operate as a team. It is our hope that the successful candidates will each have an area of focus that complements each other. See duties below:

  • Share Marshall Project journalism to social media platforms regularly, including writing social copy, producing quote cards and other visuals

  • Work with Marshall Project journalists to engage with a social audience on various callouts and story promotion

  • Assist with on-site SEO, including headline writing

  • Use analytics from platforms to derive meaningful insights to help drive audience strategy

  • Work with the Audience Director to set ambitious goals around audience growth and audience engagement

  • Produce and share video content across social platforms

  • May occasionally be asked to support Newsletters Manager and/or Engagement Editor in related projects

What You’d Be Working On

  • Writing sharp social copy for platforms like Instagram, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook with reporters on upcoming stories and investigations or teaming up with staff on other external Marshall Project communications

  • Developing a roll-out plan for a big project drop, working in tandem with our communications and fundraising teams

  • Producing social visual assets, ranging from quote cards to Instagram carousels to short video clips

  • Organizing AMA sessions with Marshall Project journalists on Reddit or other platforms

  • Investigating and experimenting with emerging social platforms, staying abreast of trends and scams

  • Assisting and guiding local reporters with engagement projects

  • Working collaboratively to develop and test the local strategy for social video

  • Shooting and/or producing social videos across The Marshall Project’s accounts

  • Occasionally assist development colleagues on marketing initiatives with social media

Who You’d Be Working With

  • Ashley Dye, our Audience Director and hobbyist bird photographer

  • Rachel Kincaid, our Newsletter Manager and survivor of Minnesota winters

  • Another audience engagement producer

Preferred Skills and Experiences

  • Skilled in both written and visual aspects of off-platform storytelling and audience development

  • Experience telling investigative stories and sharing highly nuanced journalism on social media platforms

  • Experience shooting and editing videos for a variety of social distribution channels

  • Experience managing and growing branded social media accounts, ideally in a news or nonprofit environment

  • Thoughtful writing and editing skills, ability to break down complex ideas and coverage into nuanced and informational language for a social audience

  • Ability to adhere authentically to The Marshall Project’s established independent, nonpartisan journalistic voice and tone across platforms, while still enticing and engaging our audiences

  • Having thoughts about how to reach previously incarcerated people or others touched by the criminal justice system, whether online or offline

We are headquartered in New York City, but these positions are remote within the United States.

Nice to Haves

  • Specific national newsroom or journalism experience

  • Personal experience or specialized interest in the criminal justice system

We do not expect every candidate to be equally skilled in all these areas, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants might bring to the job. Please tell us about your other assets not mentioned here that may be valuable to this role. Reaching talent across a range of backgrounds and experiences is deeply important to us.

If you do not have the exact combination of skills listed here, but are still interested in this role and/or in The Marshall Project, we'd love to hear from you.

Compensation and Benefits

This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits including:

Annual Salary Range: $75,000 - $85,000

100% employer-paid medical, employer subsidized vision and dental insurance; matching traditional and Roth 401k (immediate vesting). Voluntary benefits include: Health and Dependent Care FSA, commuter benefits, pet insurance, short and long term disability insurance, employee and dependent life insurance, AFLAC accident, hospital indemnity, and critical illness coverage, legal benefits, personal excess liability insurance, and employee discount marketplace. We also observe 17 days of paid time off each year (in addition to office closure between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2), and provide paid parental leave.

How to Apply

To apply, use this form to send your resume and a cover letter that includes your philosophy on audience engagement. Attach 3-5 social media clips with links; if a clip is expired (ie: Instagram Story), attach screenshots or screen recordings.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will follow up with the most promising candidates, but cannot respond individually to all applicants. Please know it usually takes us more than a month to review applications.