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The Marshall Project is seeking a staff reporter, based in California, to cover the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.

The ideal candidate is an experienced, versatile, self-starting reporter with an eye for original stories, an interest in criminal justice, the ability to develop good sources and dig up documentary evidence, and a gift for writing fair, clear and engaging stories about complex subjects. He or she should have a fluency with public records requests and be comfortable working with data. We have a strong preference for a reporter bilingual in Spanish and English.


If President Donald Trump does what he has promised to do, immigration will be one of the most important criminal justice stories of the coming years. Deporting as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants will entail one of the largest law enforcement exercises in history. Immigration courts will have to be staffed up. The private prison industry, and all the attendant industries that provide goods and services in support of incarceration, will be busily building and expanding immigrant detention centers. All of this will be taking place in an area, criminal justice, and under a president who has so far shown disdain for transparency.

While we expect the reporter to be attentive to the legislative, political and regulatory developments in immigration, this is not a daily beat. We are looking for revelatory stories and original analysis. These may include investigative projects (pursued alone or as part of a team), sophisticated news analysis, explanatory pieces and profiles.

We are basing this job in California in part because the state is so often a laboratory for new policies -- including in the areas of criminal justice and immigration.

The reporter should expect to collaborate with colleagues from The Marshall Project or partner organizations -- print, broadcast and online.


The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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, 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 news outlets on almost all of our work; we have partnered with more than 70 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.

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