The Marshall Project seeks an accomplished and versatile editor to develop high-impact journalism on the criminal justice system in states with high levels of incarceration, especially in the South. The job is part of an expansion of our regional coverage, aimed at finding stories with local repercussions and national resonance.
We’re looking for someone who has experience—at least five years—working with reporters from idea to conception through final line edit, helping to make fair, clear, gripping, well-told stories out of complicated policy and politics. The right candidate will be at ease with data, documents, public-records requests and other investigative reporting tools and with editing stories for any medium. Familiarity with the cultural diversity, history and politics of the region—and specifically policing, criminal courts and corrections—is an invaluable asset.
Because The Marshall Project shares its work (and sometimes joins forces in the reporting) the regional editor must work well with local and regional news outlets.
The position reports to editors in our New York office and can be based there or in the South or a nearby high-incarceration state such as Oklahoma or Missouri. If the latter, applicants should have some experience with editing remotely.
WHO WE ARE
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 media 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.
To apply, use this form to upload your resume, references and a cover letter and to answer a few questions about your work.