In Justice Today, a publication of the Fair Punishment Project, is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Reporter. Multiple 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 Reporter

IJT seeks outstanding reporters with a passion for criminal-justice journalism to join its team. The reporters report to the Senior Editor.

The Reporters will be asked to:

  • Write 10-12 monthly articles (averaging 500-1,200 words) on the cutting-edge criminal-justice issues of the day, featuring intelligent journalistic insight, the highest integrity, high-quality writing, and careful research.
  • Stay on the pulse of local and national criminal justice news around the country, so as to discover, research, and lift up compelling justice stories.
  • Create compelling frames for articles on justice issues.
  • Occasionally perform in-depth, on-the-ground reporting on important justice stories.

The ideal applicants will have:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in the journalism field.
  • Outstanding writing and investigative skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Excellence at identifying and producing a compelling story frame.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to work in a creative, start-up environment and to help IJT grow in its first year as a publication.
  • Passion for and experience in criminal-justice reporting. Commitment to compelling reporting that holds officials to account.
  • An established social media presence, with experience at publicizing compelling stories through social media.
  • Strong work ethic and dependability, including demonstrated ability to work independently. Most of the staff works in a virtual office environment.
  • 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 Reporter 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 “Reporter” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.