Investigations Editor

Injustice Watch is looking for an experienced investigative editor to help our growing team of reporters examine issues of justice and equity in the court system. The ideal candidate has a track record of editing investigative projects, a passion for mentoring and supporting younger journalists, and a strong commitment to audience-driven investigative journalism. The investigations editor will oversee large-scale investigative projects and support reporters from pitch to publication. This is an opportunity to work on ambitious investigative public service projects with a passionate and dedicated team that cares deeply about serving our community and advancing justice.

Apply using the form below. Applications are due Oct. 17.

Our Investigations Editor will:

  • Work closely with reporters to develop and guide investigative and public-service projects about issues of equity and justice with a focus on the court system.
  • Edit stories for clarity and accuracy, ensuring that all projects meet editorial standards,  have strong investigative findings, and meet community information needs.
  • Apply an equity lens to our work and ensure that our reporting centers the people most affected by the court system and the issues we cover.
  • Help shape and execute our editorial strategy and manage our editorial calendar, together with the editorial director and managing editor.
  • Support reporters’ professional development through mentorship and training on investigative reporting tools and techniques.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization and with partner newsrooms.
  • Participate in and maintain an equitable, collaborative, and inclusive newsroom culture.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has at least two years of newsroom editing or supervisory experience and a track record producing, editing, or overseeing investigative and public-service projects.
  • Is a collaborative editor, manager, and mentor who loves to champion and support the work of a team and has experience developing the skills of younger journalists.
  • Knows how to build sources and access public information, and understands systems and institutions.
  • Understands how to report in a way that is responsive to the people and communities most affected by the issues we cover.
  • Is a creative problem-solver with an ambitious, but realistic approach to reporting.
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and is committed to building a caring work environment and culture, including respectfully providing and accepting feedback, encouraging and modeling work-life balance, and embodying a growth mindset.
  • Has experience working with data and can distill complex data analysis into simple and straightforward language.

While nothing below is a requirement, it’s a plus if you:

  • Have experience reporting or editing stories related to the courts and/or issues that intersect with the court system, such as policing, housing, immigration, domestic violence, and debt.
  • Are knowledgeable about Chicagoland history, politics, institutions, and communities.
  • Have experience analyzing data using tools such as Excel/Google Sheets, SQL, R or Python and can teach those skills.
  • Have experience editing stories for a variety of different media, such as magazine-style longform, radio, broadcast, and online.

Reports to: Editorial Director

Directly supervises: Reporters

Also works closely with: Managing Editor


Time Commitment

This is a full-time, Chicago-based position. Our regular working hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our team is currently working remotely, with the option to utilize our downtown office, as needed. Injustice Watch offers flex-time and flexible schedule accommodations with prior approval.

Compensation

Salary: $80,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience

Benefits of Working at Injustice Watch 

  • Vacation time (12 days in the first year of employment)
  • Sick leave (12 days per year)
  • Holidays (13 days per year, plus a paid winter break)
  • Family leave (6 months, including 3 months fully paid and 3 months of flexible leave)
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, with a $400/month employer contribution
  • Annual professional development and workspace stipend ($1,500)
  • Phone and internet stipend ($50/month)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 401K plan

How to Apply

Please apply using this application form by 11:59 pm CT on Monday, October 17. Email [email protected] if you have any questions. Note: We are also hiring an editorial director. Click here for more information about that opportunity.

About Injustice Watch 

Injustice Watch is a Chicago-based nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that focuses on issues of equity and justice in the court system. Our goal is to listen to and center people impacted by institutional injustices and provide them with the perspectives, information, and resources needed to hold power to account. We do this through our public-service journalism (such as our Cook County judicial election guides); innovative investigative reporting (such as The Circuit, our ongoing collaborative investigation examining decades of Cook County court data); and intentional audience engagement and community-building. Learn more about our work at www.injusticewatch.org.