Justice Reporter

  • Full-time
  • California
  • Applications have closed

Website CalMatters CalMatters

CalMatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-interest news org

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:

Report and write longform and short stories and multimedia presentations about California legal issues, including legislation, criminal and civil cases, civil liberties, and trends.

Think creatively about formats and tools for communicating justice topics to a broad, statewide audience.

Participate in radio shows, public events and live video.

Work with our data, visual and social media journalists to create compelling story presentations.

Be enterprising — capable of seeing potential stories almost everywhere, and entrepreneurial about forging and owning this beat.

These would be a plus:

There is a preference this reporter be based near Sacramento.

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

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.