The Marshall Project is seeking an experienced reporter and writer to help expand and deepen its coverage of criminal justice. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in conceiving, reporting and writing high-impact, grippingly-told investigative and explanatory journalism.
We are looking for a reporter with an established track record of identifying rich investigative targets that no one else has unearthed; wresting the information from often-wary sources and public officials with a vested interest in hiding it; and, most crucially, telling a story that readers simply cannot put down.
To accomplish The Marshall Project’s mission of bringing abuses and inequities in the criminal justice system to light, we need to entice readers to stay with material that can be depressing, horrifying and complex—and that requires reporting with urgency and writing with verve.
We are looking for a seasoned journalist. Most likely, successful candidates will have at least 15 years of experience, although we are not setting any hard-and-fast minimum. We value someone who is a self-starter; collaborative and willing to share expertise with colleagues; well-versed in investigative tools of the trade; open to incorporating data and visual storytelling into projects; obsessive about accuracy; and flexible in working with a wide range of publishing partners. Previous experience reporting on criminal justice will enhance your application, but the key prerequisites are narrative flair and ability to identify and execute high-impact investigative and explanatory projects.
The Marshall Project’s headquarters are in New York, but we can be flexible about location for this position.
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 have won two George Polk Awards and two National Magazine Awards. We are not advocates 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 aims to highlight 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 140 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.