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Justice Reporter

CalMatters, Sacramento, California

Date Posted July 07, 2020
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.calmatters.org

Description:

If you are a journalist with a deep curiosity about how the justice system really works in California — from policing to prisons, from civil liberties to courts — you might be the reporter CalMatters seeks to create a new state justice beat.

Questions about whether the state ensures justice for all or inhibits it for some have recently roiled California, from #BlackLivesMatter to #metoo. We envision our new justice reporter would explore legal issues raised and shaped by the actions of the Legislature and governor, the activities of the state attorney general’s office, a network of state prisons housing adults and youth, approaches to addressing crime, evolving law governing civil disputes, and more. This beat would explore the most important but under-covered of California’s three branches of government, with the state Supreme Court topping a system of courts whose decisions influence almost every facet of daily life. 

We are looking for a candidate who is open-minded, scrupulously fair and accurate, and committed to revealing often-complex policy stories through a state lens, vivid human experience and rigorously reported data. 

Responsibilities include: 

These would be a plus:

CalMatters is a media venture devoted to explaining California’s policies and politics to a statewide audience. We are an expanding and collaborative newsroom, successfully developing a new model for sustainable, intelligent, nonprofit journalism. We’re also committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

If you’re interested, please provide a resume, a cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job and links to at least six online samples of your work. Write to jobs@calmatters.org with the job title in the subject line.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at JournalismJobs.com.