In Justice Today, a publication of the Fair Punishment Project, is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Editor. Two positions are available.

About In Justice Today

In Justice Today, a publication of the Fair Punishment Project, is a national criminal justice news outlet, which produces compelling, original journalism and commentary that educates and inspires journalists, advocates, academics, officials, and others interested in criminal justice reform. It is the place to go for timely, sophisticated coverage and analysis of the most important policy decisions of the day. IJT journalists maintain editorial independence, which to us means that while FPP frequently serves as an instigator of ideas and an important substantive resource, on any particular article our journalists are free to reach their framing, analysis, and conclusions without oversight or interference.

About the Fair Punishment Project

The Fair Punishment Project is helping to create a fair and accountable justice system through research, legal action, public discourse, and educational initiatives. Our current areas of focus include prosecutorial accountability, bail reform, juvenile life without parole and direct file, drug reform, the criminalization of poverty, and the death penalty. FPP is a joint initiative of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute and the Accountable Justice Collaborative at The Advocacy Fund. A number of individual and institutional donors support our work, including Open Philanthropy Project and Vital Projects Fund.

About the Position of Editor

IJT seeks two highly skilled, organized, and experienced Editors to edit articles that appear on In Justice Today. Editors report to the Director of In Justice Today.

The Editor will be asked to:

  • Provide substantive, top-level, and line edits of articles written by internal journalists and freelancers, and already given an initial edit by the Senior Editor. Hone articles to a high-quality final product that is clear, compelling, well-written, accurate, and consistent with IJT style guidelines.
  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings led by the Director of IJT.
  • Occasionally participate in front-end article development.
  • Perform additional tasks as identified by the Director of IJT and the Senior Editors.

The ideal applicants will have:

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in the journalism field, including experience as an editor.
  • Outstanding writing and editorial skills and high attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work in a creative, start-up environment and to help IJT grow in itsfirst year as a publication.
  • Passion for and experience in criminal-justice reporting.
  • High work ethic and dependability, including demonstrated ability to work independently. Much of the staff works in a virtual office environment.
  • Experience collaborating with a team.
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends when necessary, and travel occasionally.
  • FPP welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and applicants who have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system.

Salary, Hours, & Location

  • FPP offers highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
  • The position is full time.
  • The Editor can live anywhere in the U.S., however preference may be given to individuals based in the Austin, Houston, SF Bay Area, or Boston areas.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to jobs@fairpunishment.org, with “Editor” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.