Voting Rights Project Editor

Guardian News & Media, New York, New York

Date Posted August 19, 2019
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status
Salary Negotiable


Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and website in the UK. We're a highly regarded global news brand, owned by the Scott Trust — an arrangement that guarantees its independent voice in perpetuity.


Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US, is an entirely digital operation that seeks to engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise.


The Guardian seeks a Voting Rights Project Editor to join the New York team.


Department: Editorial, Guardian US

Reports to: Editor, Guardian US

Normal location: New York, NY

Terms and conditions:  Full time, 12-month assignment, News Media Guild position


The Fight for Fair Voting will be a new Guardian section that will place access to voting rights at the center of our 2020 election coverage, exposing a flawed voting system through a combination of deep reporting, data visuals, compelling first-person narratives and grounded academic research.

The Guardian’s Fight for Fair Voting site will seek to reveal how and why America's voting system is so heavily – and explicitly – designed to restrict access to voting.

From gerrymandered districts to stricter ID laws and from voter purges to restricted access to polling stations, the Fight for Fair Voting will cover the myriad ways American citizens are disenfranchised. 

The editor will be tasked with choosing which stories to pursue, which areas of voter suppression to highlight and how best to distribute resources across text, data and visuals. They will also be tasked with balancing the need for urgent news stories with more lengthy news features and longer-form investigations.

Crucial to this project will be the collaborations that we will pursue with other organizations such as the Brennan Center, the leading not-for-profit which pioneers empirical work on the impact of voter suppression. The editor will also reach out and coordinate with grassroots organizations who are working to open access to voting. 

The editor will also establish relationships and collaborations with a diverse network of freelancers and established news organizations in the states most impacted by voter suppression so that we are in a position to report from the frontline of the battle for fair voting in the lead up to election day

The editor will also curate and produce longer-form one-off reports/investigations/visual interactives that are distinct from the daily or weekly reporting and give us a platform for more meaningful, in-depth pieces of work. Is there, for instance, a compelling way of illustrating how 750,000 were purged from the rolls in Georgia over the last two years - in addition to the 1.5million purged between 2012-2016. How do we bring out the human stories behind Ohio's 'use it or lose it’ rule ratified by the Supreme Court, where a citizen who skips two electoral cycles is banished from the voter rolls?

The editor would also manage the work of one full-time voting rights correspondent who would be directed at both fast-paced breaking news, investigations and news features.


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All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate to the Greater New York City Area.


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This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.

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