Voting Rights Reporter

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 Reporter to join the US team.


Department: Editorial, Guardian US

Reports to: Voting Rights Project Editor

Normal location: Flexible

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 put 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 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 restricting access to polling booths, the Fight for Fair Voting will cover the myriad ways American citizens are disenfranchised.

The reporter will be expected to have a significant grounding in this subject area and be aware of the principal organizations and groups working in both academic and grassroots work.

The reporter will be aware of the legal challenges, political campaigns and grassroots activism surrounding voting rights. They will be aware of the principal issues that affect voter turnout and of the legislative, judicial and political forces at work to restrict access to voting. They will understand the extent of gerrymandering in the US, the role voter suppression played in President Trump’s victory, and the extensive statewide efforts that suppress and depress votes. 

This role will involve fast and slow approaches to news; breaking original stories, working on longer-form features and investigations. You will also be expected to conceive of ideas that will lend themselves to bigger exercises during the course of this project. The reporter will be able to initiate their own ideas and respond to briefs and assignments. 

The goal of this job is to make clear, through diligent fact-based reporting, the extent to which many Americans are denied the right to vote.


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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.


Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship.


We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to? ?career develop?ment opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute t??o our future.


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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