The Marshall Project seeks to expand its award-winning accountability and criminal justice journalism to communities across the country where local news sources on this pressing matter are being trimmed or eliminated. Criminal justice is largely a local issue. Police, courts, judges, district attorneys and other organs of the judicial system are run by locally elected individuals, and laws regulating them are made by state and local governments. To investigate whether these institutions are fair to the public, communities need journalists with the reporting, editing, data, image, and community resources to investigate abuses and communicate with a wide variety of people, whose fate depends on the nature of the judicial system.
Cleveland will host our first non-profit journalism team, made up of local reporters who know their community better than anyone. Our national team will provide you with editorial and operational support. We will work in partnership, not in competition, with local journalists and existing news agencies.
Our goal is to produce journalism that is written for and accountable to the communities in which the teams are based. We will write for people who have the power to make change when abuse is exposed and for those who have felt powerless. We intend to expand our sources and readers to ensure we speak to people who often feel left out or caricatured by the news media – while maintaining our commitment to fact-based reporting. Investigative, data and engagement journalism will be central to our model.
We will also explore alternative ways of storytelling to ensure our journalism reaches those who may face reading and writing difficulties or who traditionally do not get their information from written news outlets.
The editor-in-chief sets journalistic priorities, investigative goals and engagement projects; recruit, process and oversee a diverse reporting team; and adhere to strict journalistic standards for fairness and accuracy. At the beginning we expect a news team of three reporters. The editor-in-chief reports to the senior editor of The Marshall Project, local.
Oversee the team’s engagement journalism and audience efforts with the collaboration of the Marshall Project’s national audience development director and Cleveland’s outreach manager. This can include public relations, live events, newsletters, and a number of innovative ways to spread our journalism and ensure it reaches a wide readership, including people behind bars and their families.
Actively seek out community contributions in Cleveland and the county; Maintain an ongoing dialogue with a range of local stakeholders, from criminal justice officials to those directly affected by the criminal justice system.
Monitor local partnerships together with our national partnership team.
Coordinate with The Marshall Project’s centrally located teams, including data, photography and illustration, audience, design, production, partnership, technology, development and staff.
We are looking for an experienced, innovative newscaster with a track record in producing ambitious journalism with impact and promoting fair, humane and inclusive workplaces. They need a cooperative spirit, ingenuity, a willingness to wear many hats, and an openness to experiment.
We do not expect every applicant to be equally qualified in all of the areas below, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants might bring to the position. Please share with us any other assets not mentioned here that could be valuable for this role. It is very important to us to reach talents with different backgrounds and experiences. If you don’t meet all of the criteria but are still interested in this role and / or the Marshall Project, we’d love to hear from you.
At least 10 years experience leading news coverage, managing journalists and meeting the news needs of local communities. Familiarity with criminal justice issues and key institutions and stakeholders in the Cleveland area.
Ideally experience in the conception and processing of investigative projects. Experience working with data teams and data projects would be helpful, with data support provided by the central data team at The Marshall Project.
Experience or interest in engagement journalism – reinterpreting storytelling forms, dissemination platforms, and readers’ information needs so that our journalism reaches a wide range of people, including those behind bars or justice-affected communities who seldom see news that could have an impact on theirs own life or reflects their lived experiences.
You must be a resident of Cleveland / Cuyahoga.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits, including employer-paid health, eye, and dental insurance; 17 days of paid vacation per year plus one week of vacation at the end of December; paid family leave; and 401 (k) match.
WHO WE ARE
The Marshall Project is a non-profit news organization dedicated to reporting on the American criminal justice system. We won two Pulitzer Awards: 2021 for national reporting and 2016 for explanatory journalism; we were also a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting. We are not lawyers – we follow the facts and we do not flatter audiences – but we have a stated mission: to create and maintain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. We generally don’t cover breaking news (although we curate other news outlets’ coverage in our morning newsletter). Our work includes investigative and explanatory projects and shorter pieces that aim to highlight stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate, or misunderstand. To ensure that our work reaches a larger audience, we collaborate with or publish together with other media in almost all of our work. We have worked with 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 those who are incarcerated or otherwise involved in the criminal justice system.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, use this form to send a cover letter and résumé describing how your experience will prepare you for this position.