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The Marshall Project seeks an experienced and versatile editor to handle original reporting on the criminal justice system, reporting that breaks news, provides context and offers insight that the mainstream media overlook. We are a small and collegial newsroom, which means all of us do a bit of everything, so applicants should be comfortable working on long-form investigative and explanatory pieces. But the main responsibility of the news editor is to work with staff writers and freelancers on shorter-term pieces that shed light and hold our institutions of justice accountable. The job includes editing our weekly “Life Inside” feature.

Candidates must have experience — a minimum of five years — of working with writers from the conception of a story through the final line edit, helping to make fair, clear and gripping stories out of complicated policy and politics. Applicants should be at ease with data, and with the creative packaging of text and multimedia. Because we share our work with media partners to broaden our audience, the job entails collaborating and coordinating with a range of editors from other news outlets.


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 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 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.

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