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A core pillar of our strategy at The Marshall Project rests on engagement: how to conceive and distribute our journalism so that it better reflects and reaches people, including the incarcerated and their families, who have largely been ignored or marginalized by many news platforms. This is a form of journalism that involves reimagining our storytelling forms, distribution platforms, and information needs of readers, including those in justice-affected communities who seldom see news that could affect their own lives or reflects their lived experiences. Engagement journalism will play a central role as we broaden our work to serve local areas with few criminal justice reporting resources and collaborate with local partners.

We are seeking a reporter experienced in engagement/community journalism and its evolving practices. These include but are not limited to: surveys, callouts, and crowdsourcing; community outreach that includes asking a wide range of people what questions they have about the criminal justice/immigration systems and eliciting their own experiences with them; alternative methods of distributing our journalism; accessibility tools for those with limited sight, hearing, literacy challenges or learning disabilities. Facility with data analysis would be helpful, though not required. This position will report to a senior editor in the newsroom.


  • Deploying engagement reporting tools to conceive and produce original journalism for The Marshall Project and our publishing partners.
  • Work with the editor-in-chief, managing editor and business side colleagues to develop strategic planning for engagement as The Marshall Project deepens its local collaborations.
  • Participate in a Marshall Project engagement working group drawing from many sectors of the newsroom and business staffs. The group would propose engagement projects and discuss new forms of distribution — written, audio, visual, text messages and fliers, among others — to reach wider audiences. The group would also track editorial needs and capacities flowing from engagement projects to make sure we have the resources available to manage and monitor them properly, from conception through production.
  • Work with the director of News Inside on building out engagement to incarcerated audiences and families of the incarcerated. This would include the possibility of turning Marshall Project stories into forms that could better reach the incarcerated, such as video or other print products (such as fliers or one-sheets) as well as new types of outreach like Ameelio.

  • Present tools of engagement to the rest of the newsroom and our growing local networks, so that other reporters and editors understand how to incorporate them into their work. Work with all our reporting teams to help engage audiences early and hear from people affected.

  • Partner with our investigative reporters on engagement strategies that deepen the scope and reach of our award-winning accountability work, and help to connect these projects with the communities that we are covering.

  • Work with our media partners on engagement strategies to support specific projects, potentially combining resources and distribution platforms to enable us to connect more effectively with local audiences.

Candidates should have three years of engagement journalism experience.

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.

Our headquarters is in New York City, but we will consider remote candidates who live in the United States.


This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits including employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance; 17 days of paid time off each year, plus a week off at the end of December; paid family leave; and 401(k) matching.


The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016 and 2021, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. We have also been honored with the Goldsmith Prize, multiple National Magazine Awards, and for General Excellence from the Online Journalism Awards. 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 200 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.


The deadline to submit an application was 11:59 pm Eastern on Nov. 15.

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.