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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

Senior editors are the chief drivers of The Marshall Project’s award-winning investigative and accountability journalism.They are part of our editorial leadership team, helping set and uphold journalistic priorities, editorial standards, and staff and skill development. This senior editor will work closely with our local news teams, as well as editing projects for our national newsroom.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising staff writers and guiding them to envision and execute ambitious accountability journalism. This includes helping choose actionable, realistic targets for investigations, guiding reporting, establishing regular check-ins for feedback, ensuring that all reporting is substantiated, and editing for story structure, narrative drive, and compelling, concise prose.

  • Establishing and upholding rigorous journalistic standards of fairness and accuracy.

  • Collaborating with our senior editor for storytelling, engagement editor, and multimedia, product, design, technology and audience teams to ensure we are exploring alternative storytelling forms, visual or audio presentation, and a range of innovative ways to ensure our journalism reaches a wide range of audiences, including people behind bars and their families.

Who You’d Be Working With

You would report to the Managing Editor, Local, as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

Job Requirements

We are looking for an experienced editor with a track record of producing ambitious journalism with impact and working with employees in a fair, humane, and inclusive way. You need a collaborative spirit, resourcefulness in working with a small but mighty team, willingness to wear many hats, and openness to experimentation and adaptation.

  • Substantial experience in conceiving and editing projects with impact and overseeing quicker-turn stories. Experience overseeing investigative projects is also important, but you will oversee a range of projects, including investigative, narrative, explanatory, and analytical. Ability to coach reporters through sensitive reporting challenges and facility with investigative tools such as public records requests, source development, bulletproofing.

  • Experience in working with data-driven articles and data journalists.

  • Ideally, experience in editing and story conception for local audiences.

  • Ability to juggle managing multiple teams across geographic areas. Ability to work with reporters of varying levels of experience and skills.

  • Track record of collaboration with a wide range of teams as above. Interest in, and ideally experience with, conceiving and implementing journalism tailored to a range of audiences, from criminal justice experts to new, diverse and justice-affected audiences.

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 Salary Range: $150,000 - $180,000

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.

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.

How To Apply

To apply, use this form to send a cover letter and resume. Please include in your cover letter an example of a project you oversaw from conception to publication, what editorial choices you made, and how you coached reporters.

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.