Injustice Watch seeks a senior reporter to cover the judicial system in Cook County and Illinois. The ideal candidate has strong knowledge of the court system, experience covering issues of equity and justice, and a track record of using enterprise and investigative techniques. We’re looking for someone who is able to translate legalese, government and political jargon into clean copy that tells the reader what’s important, while also listening to and centering communities disproportionately affected by the justice system.
We expect the reporter to provide beat reporting that regularly yields breaking news, analysis, explainers, and features while also contributing to long-term special projects that shed light on the judiciary, including our judicial election guides and collaborative data journalism project, The Circuit. The reporter will be expected to play a leadership role on projects related to their beat, and also support our organization’s ongoing mentorship programs.
The ideal candidate will be open to learning new skills to fulfill expectations for the role and eager to work collaboratively on team projects and with our community partners. The reporter will also collaborate with Injustice Watch’s engagement team to connect readers with our vital public service journalism.
We’re looking for someone with:
- 5 or more years of reporting experience, a deep understanding of the field, and established sources.
- An investigative mindset, with excellent storytelling, research, and interview skills.
- An ability to articulate how systems have shaped policy, governance, culture, and inequity in the U.S., and understand critical issues driving current social movements.
- A commitment to maintaining an ethical, honest, accurate, and fair standard in their work.
- A strong command of AP style and grammar; ability to produce content that is clean, accurate, and “publication ready” on deadline.
- Experience using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to enhance reporting and promote stories.
- Proficiency in basic word processing and spreadsheet programs like those included in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
- A desire to contribute to an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
While nothing below is a requirement, it’s a plus if you are:
- Proficient in wrangling large datasets using Excel or programming languages like SQL, R or Python.
- Knowledgeable about Chicagoland history, politics, institutions, and communities.
- Experienced in leading reporting projects or collaborative work.
- Purpose-driven in your work with a strong ability to self-manage in the workplace.
- Able to show a track record of producing watchdog journalism that has an impact.
- Adept at using social media, SEO, and other strategies to draw in audiences.
We recognize that there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who have skills and valuable experiences we haven’t named here. If that’s you and you’re on the fence about pursuing this opportunity, please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
This is a full-time position. Our regular working hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Injustice Watch offers flex-time and flexible schedule accommodations with prior approval. Our team is currently working remotely, with the option to utilize our downtown office, as needed.
Salary: $65,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience
Benefits of Working at Injustice Watch
- 12 days paid time off, plus major holidays (12 per year) and a paid winter break
- Health, dental, and vision insurance.
- $1,500 annual professional development stipend, plus ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
- A 6-month family leave plan, including 3 months paid and 3 months flexible leave.
- Flexible work hours.
How to Apply
Please apply using this application form by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 31. Email [email protected] if you have any questions. We are also hiring a reporter to cover housing. Click here for more information about that opportunity.
About Injustice Watch
Injustice Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality. Injustice Watch strives to be a diverse and inclusive organization. We embrace professional growth, learning, and collaboration, defying traditional top-down power dynamics in our newsroom. Our goal is to listen to and center people impacted by institutional injustices and provide them with the perspectives, information, and resources to hold powerful people and oppressive systems accountable.