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Who We Are

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with our Senior Multimedia Editor to elevate our award-winning journalism through visual storytelling, with a focus on supporting our growing local news teams, including our newly created Cleveland newsroom.
  • Managing photo, illustration, video, animations as well as digital storytelling for short- and long-term stories, while adhering to standards of fairness and accuracy.
  • Collaborating with freelance photographers to conceptualize photo assignments, including photo essays; editing, producing and captioning the images; conducting photo research and clearing rights for images from libraries, agencies and individuals.
  • Continuing our work of diversifying our multimedia freelancers, including finding and collaborating with those who have been formerly incarcerated.
  • Guiding freelance illustrators and animators to create original art in a range of styles. This includes coming up with original concepts for illustrations and animations and fine tuning sketches and final art, while adhering to our journalistic standards.
  • Directing freelance video journalists and editing their footage into short- and medium-form stories for our website and social platforms.
  • Using video footage gathered from police bodycam or bystanders’ cell phones or audio in rich multimedia presentations on our website.
  • Collaborating with our senior editor for storytelling, engagement editor, and product, design, data, development and audience teams to ensure we are exploring alternative storytelling forms, visual or audio presentation, and other innovative ways to ensure our journalism reaches a wide range of audiences, including people behind bars and their families.

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, including from those who have had personal or family experience with the criminal justice system. 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.

Who you would be working with

Multimedia editors are critical players in carrying on The Marshall Project’s tradition of producing compelling, innovative and award-winning visual storytelling. In this role, you would report to the senior multimedia editor and work closely with the senior editor for storytelling to help envision and realize our ambitious visual storytelling plans. You would also collaborate with the managing editor, local, and integrate with the Cleveland staff to dream up creative visual solutions for their stories and projects.

Job Requirements

We are looking for a multimedia editor with a track record of producing ambitious, creative visual storytelling that engages audiences, both in their hearts and their minds. You are a collaborative spirit who values and prioritizes contributing to a workplace that is fair, humane and inclusive. You are an entrepreneurial thinker who is eager to help us chart new storytelling paths as we explore ways to reach wider audiences.

  • A well-developed eye to identify the elements that make great visual storytelling and the management style that can efficiently take an idea from conception to completion.
  • A curious, thoughtful and critical thinker who enjoys teaching and learning in equal measure and is ready to develop new skills when necessary.
  • Have the ability to work independently, collaborating with our staff and freelancers to shape ideas, bring them to life, and present and promote them in engaging ways.
  • A strong understanding of the stereotypes in reporting and visual and audio representations of the criminal justice system and the ability to coach freelancers to avoid them.
  • Track record of collaboration - both with other editors within an organization and counterparts at partner newsrooms - to produce high impact projects.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom. Motion graphics and audio editing experience is a plus.
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with people with a wide range of skills and talents, including reporters, text editors, illustrators, video producers, and across time zones.
  • Interest in the criminal justice system.

The Marshall Project is headquartered in New York City but has journalists and editors in multiple locations across the country. We are open to locations outside New York City, though you need to be in the United States.

Compensation and benefits

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

Annual Minimum Salary Range: $70,000 - $95,000

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 a cover letter, resume, references and portfolio. Please include in your cover letter a brief description of a visually driven project you launched or managed, or a job you held that allowed you to demonstrate your leadership, organizational skills, and innovation. The deadline to apply is Jan. 6, 2023.

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.