Justice Reporter

Mississippi Today

Jackson, Mississippi

Date Posted October 12, 2021
Industry Digital Media, Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.mississippitoday.org


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

Mississippi Today’s justice reporter will produce both longform and daily news stories. We expect this person to explore the ways the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the justice system: Delayed trials, cancelled visitations, outbreaks and vaccine availability are just a few issues facing the state right now.  The justice beat encompasses more than the state’s jails and prisons — this reporter will also cover inequities in the criminal justice system and explore possible solutions and barriers that impede progress.  

The justice reporter will produce stories that support Mississippi Today’s vision and mission, which is to hold elected officials accountable and inform citizens about how the policy and decisions implemented by the state’s powerful affect their lives.

This position will be based in Mississippi. Mississippi Today staff are currently working remotely, but in-person meetings are possible and the office may reopen this fall. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1 at midnight CST.


It is a plus if you have: 

Experience covering legal/justice issues, with an understanding of how the court system works and how legislation advances.

Experience with filing records requests and working with data is encouraged but not required.

What you’ll get:

How to Apply:

The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 1 at midnight CST. Fill out an application at this link.

We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people who are differently abled.

Questions? Email Editor-in-Chief Adam Ganucheau at adam@mississippitoday.org or Managing Editor Kayleigh Skinner at kayleigh@mississippitoday.org