Injustice Watch, the Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to investigating systemic flaws that obstruct justice and equality, is accepting applications for several full-time positions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Injustice Watch specializes in in-depth, original reporting in the general field of governance and justice, and we are known for quality, investigative work in that arena. To that end, our team has reported recently on wrongfully convicted people sentenced to death, racist and violent social media posts by police officers and correctional officers, juvenile justice, and judicial misconduct.

The data reporter job will be based in our downtown Chicago newsroom. The position is full-time and comes with benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, a professional development stipend, and a 401(k) plan. Salaries will reflect experience.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 clips to jobs@injusticewatch.org, with the name of the position and your name in the subject line.

Successful applicants should have: A belief in our mission and enthusiasm for the work; a dedication to responsible, thorough, fair and accurate reporting; and a collaborative spirit. Our staff works closely together, often collectively, and successful applicants will work well in a group setting. A track record of reporting on criminal justice, including judges, police, prosecutors, prisons and jail, is an asset–but not a necessity.

Responsibilities

The data reporter will be responsible for conceiving and executing stories built on data. You will be responsible for obtaining and analyzing public data, as well as building original datasets out of public records. The data reporter will work on their own stories as well as collaborate with other reporters and interns on larger projects and investigations. On occasion, the data reporter may be called upon to help as needed on shorter-term news stories for the website.

Qualifications:

A successful applicant for the data reporter position will be, first and foremost, a journalist with a mastery of the craft of reporting; adeptness at interviewing both people and data; and strong research skills. Other qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with database management software and, ideally, knowledge of one or more data analysis and programming languages such as R, Python, or SQL.

  • A track-record of using FOIA to acquire public data, creating enterprise data sets, and telling compelling stories that are anchored in data analysis.

  • Attention to detail and a mastery of showing your work, version control, and fact-checking. Your data analysis should be clear, reproducible, and bullet proof.

  • Front-end web development skills, including HTML, CSS and Javascript, are a plus, but are not required.

  • Two or more years experience as a data reporter is strongly recommended.