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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 with other media outlets; we have worked 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

  • Help reach the Greater Cleveland community with our journalism.

  • Help to engage a broad audience in Cleveland.

  • Actively seek out community input in Cleveland and cultivate an ongoing dialogue with a range of local stakeholders, from criminal justice officials to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and their families.

  • Support the local newsroom with administrative help and other office functions.

  • Be the Cleveland office’s primary contact for incarcerated people.

  • Create the Cleveland edition of News Inside, our print magazine for audiences in prison. The edition will include the articles produced by our Cleveland newsroom, inserted into News Inside for distribution in prisons in Ohio. Producing these inserts will involve administrative tasks, printing management and coordination with our national team who create and design News Inside for prisons all over the country. We hope eventually to localize Inside Story, our video series for incarcerated audiences, with material relevant to prison populations in Ohio.

  • Work to increase the distribution of both News Inside and Inside Story in Ohio’s prisons and jails. This will involve developing relationships with wardens, sheriffs, corrections officials, prison librarians, people who run educational programs behind bars, and others.

  • Brainstorm ways to get News Inside and Inside Story to the families and loved ones of incarcerated people.

  • Run the Facebook page for our Cleveland newsroom. You will post our Cleveland stories on the page, respond to questions from the public, publicize any events that we do, and generally help create a sense of community around our journalism and our newsroom. You will be supported by our national social media team in this work, as needed.

  • Help set up events where we can talk directly with the community about our journalism. We cannot partner with advocacy groups or join them in pushing for particular policies, because we are journalists and have to remain neutral and objective. But we can find partners in Cleveland, such as libraries or community centers, where we can reach audiences directly. We hope to connect with audiences who have low literacy skills, and public events are one of the best ways to do that. You will be supported in this work by our national Director of Communications, as needed. For certain kinds of events, you may also be supported by our local fundraising consultant.

  • Work closely with our engagement reporter in Cleveland. This reporter will produce stories by listening closely to people in the community, hearing what they care most about, and trying to meet their information needs. The engagement reporter and the outreach manager may interact with a lot of the same people and will always operate in support of each other.

  • May occasionally coordinate data, photography, illustrations, design, technology and other administrative tasks.

Who You’d Be Working With

  • Reporting to the Director of News Inside

  • Cleveland Editor-in-Chief

  • Cleveland newsroom (3 reporters)

  • News Inside Manager

  • Inside Story Director

  • TMP Director of Communications

Job Requirements

  • Understanding of the information needs of incarcerated and justice-affected communities. A familiarity with criminal justice issues and key institutions and stakeholders in the Cleveland area is important.

  • Experience with policies relevant to prisons and jails in Ohio, especially with their literature screening practices.

  • Creativity in imagining how our journalism can reach a wide range of people, including those behind bars or justice-affected communities, who seldom see news that could affect their own lives or reflects their lived experiences.

  • Proficient computer skills. Familiarity with Google Workspace (G Suite).

  • Proficient writing skills.

  • Experience working with Adobe InCopy and DropBox, or willingness to learn the programs.

  • Experience with social media, especially Facebook.

  • Experience organizing live events, including booking venues, finding speakers, publicizing and marketing events, following up with attendees.

  • At least a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

  • Residence in the Greater Cleveland/Cuyahoga County and surrounding areas.

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. 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.

Compensation and benefits:

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

Annual Minimum Salary: $65,000

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 and resume. Please include in your cover letter a brief description of a new project you launched or managed, or a job you held, which allowed you to demonstrate your skills and innovation.

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.