The Marshall Project has an opening for a reporter. Applicants should have a minimum of five years of full-time professional reporting experience. They must have demonstrated investigative expertise and a gift for writing fair, clear and engaging narratives about complex subjects. They should be comfortable working with public records and databases. A record of in-depth reporting on criminal justice—policing, prosecution, courts, prisons and jails—is a significant asset.
The job consists of two parts: identifying, conceiving and executing major projects on any aspect of criminal justice, with deep reporting, original insight and narrative grace; and contributing shorter pieces of reporting or analysis that shed light on or provide context for issues of criminal justice. In short, we are looking for revelatory stories and probing analysis.
The reporters should expect to collaborate with colleagues from The Marshall Project and partner organizations—print, broadcast and online—including in local markets.
The Marshall Project’s headquarters are in New York, but we can be flexible about location for this position.
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 have won two George Polk Awards and a 2017 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. 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 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 130 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 submit a resume, cover letter, references and examples of your previous work.
Due to the expected volume of applications, we will follow up with the most promising candidates but cannot respond individually to all applicants.