Engagement reporter | The Marshall Project


A central pillar of our strategy at The Marshall Project is based on engagement: How we design and disseminate our journalism in such a way that it better reflects and reaches people, including those in prison and their families, who have been largely ignored or marginalized by many news platforms. This is a form of journalism that rethinks our narrative forms, distribution platforms, and information needs of readers, including those in justice-affected communities who rarely see news that could affect their own lives or reflect their lived experiences. Engagement journalism will play a central role as we expand our work to local areas with few resources for reporting on criminal justice and work with local partners.

We are looking for a reporter who has experience with engagement / community journalism and its developing practices. These include, but are not limited to: surveys, callouts, and crowdsourcing; Outreach, asking a wide range of people what questions they have about criminal justice / immigration systems and gathering their own experiences with them; alternative methods of spreading our journalism; Accessibility tools for people with visual and hearing impairments, reading and writing problems, or learning disabilities. Setup with data analysis would be helpful but not required. This position will report to a senior editor in the newsroom.


  • Use engagement reporting tools to design and produce original journalism for The Marshall Project and our publishing partners.
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor, and business colleagues to develop strategic engagement planning as The Marshall Project deepens its local collaborations.
  • Participate in a Marshall Project Engagement Working Group made up of many sections of the newsroom and business staff. The group would propose engagement projects and discuss new forms of distribution – including written, audio, picture, text messaging and flyers – to reach a wider audience. The group would also track the editorial needs and capacities resulting from engagement projects to ensure we have the resources to properly manage and monitor them from concept to production.
  • Work with the director of News Inside to increase engagement with the incarcerated audience and the families of those incarcerated. This would include the ability to transform Marshall project stories into forms that could better reach those incarcerated, such as: Ameelio.

  • Showcase tools of interaction to the rest of the newsroom and our growing local networks so that other reporters and editors understand how to involve them in their work. Work with all of our reporting teams to engage audiences early on and hear from those affected.
  • Work with our investigative reporters on engagement strategies that deepen the scope and reach of our award-winning accountability work and help connect these projects to the communities we cover.
  • Work with our media partners on engagement strategies to support specific projects and possibly combine resources and distribution platforms so that we can engage with local audiences more effectively.

Applicants should have three years of experience in engagement journalism.

We do not expect every applicant to be equally qualified in all of these areas, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants can bring to the position. Please share with us your 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.

Our headquarters are in New York City, but we will also be considering remote candidates who live in the United States.


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.


The Marshall Project is a non-profit news organization dedicated to reporting on the American criminal justice system. In 2016 and 2021, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. We have also received the Goldsmith Prize, several National Magazine Awards, and for General Excellence from the Online Journalism Awards. 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 aimed at highlighting 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 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 those who are incarcerated or otherwise involved in the criminal justice system.


To apply, use this form Submit a cover letter and résumé. Please also submit three examples of your work with a description of your role in them as well as a short memo (maximum two pages) in which you explain your approach to engagement journalism.

The application deadline is October 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Due to the expected number of applications, we will pursue the most promising candidates, but we cannot respond to all applicants individually. Please note that it usually takes us more than a month to review applications.


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