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The Marshall Project seeks an experienced and versatile senior editor to handle original reporting on the criminal justice system and immigration enforcement—reporting that breaks news, provides context and offers insight that the mainstream media overlook. We are a small and collegial newsroom, which means we all do a bit of everything, so applicants should be comfortable working on long-form stories as well as shorter-term, quick turnaround pieces that shed light on our institutions of justice and hold them accountable. Experience editing investigative stories is welcome, but not required.

Candidates must have experience—a minimum of five years—working with writers from the conception of an idea through the final edit, helping to make fair, clear and gripping stories out of complicated policy and politics. Rigorous line-editing skills are a must. Applicants should be at ease with data and with the creative packaging of text and multimedia. Because we share our work with media partners, the job entails collaborating and coordinating with a range of editors from other outlets. Experience covering criminal justice and/or immigration a plus but not mandatory.


The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and was 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 ensure 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 130 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.