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Criminal Justice Investigative Reporter

Contributing Reporters


Criminal Justice Investigative Reporter

New York Focus is seeking a full-time staff reporter who will produce deeply reported stories on the police, prosecutors, courts, jails, prisons, parole offices, and policymakers that make up New York state’s expansive criminal-legal system.

Candidates should come to the job with an investigative orientation, seeking not just to amplify already-existing opinions of policymakers and advocates but to uncover new, surprising information that informs those opinions.

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and three clips to hires@nysfocus.com by December 31.

About New York Focus

New York Focus is an independent newsroom covering state and local politics, committed to unmasking the operation of public and private power in the Empire State.

In our first year, our stories have moved policy and administrative decisions, been discussed in state and city legislative hearings, and been cited hundreds of times by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The Intercept, and Politico.

Our reporting on the criminal-legal system has been debated in hearings, cited in major lawsuits, driven news cycles, and brought scrutiny to previously unreported aspects of the criminal-legal system.

Responsibilities for the position are as follows:

  • Produce an average of 4 deeply reported pieces each month, in addition to occasional shorter follow-up stories
  • Develop relationships with sources including incarcerated people, police, public defenders and district attorney’s offices, corrections officers, correctional medical staff, parole officers, jail and prison administrators, and state legislators and their staff 
  • File public records requests; obtain and analyze data and court records

About You

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • An obsession with uncovering how obscure nodes of the criminal-legal system make decisions and exert power
  • Demonstrated ability to uncover information beyond what sources readily say, and a nose for where to dig!
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze systems and policy, while also compellingly reporting on individual stories
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and engagingly
  • Familiarity with state and federal court records databases (including PACER) and public records requests 
  • At least three years experience in reporting

Compensation 

$60,000 annual salary, plus great benefits.

To Apply 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips to hires@nysfocus.com. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with New York Focus; which areas of New York’s criminal-legal system you think most deserve more scrutiny and how you would go about reporting on them; and what values and strategies characterize your reporting process.

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

We are committed to an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited by our mission.

Contributing Reporter

New York Focus is seeking contributing reporters who will semi-regularly produce and publish high-quality, hard-hitting investigative stories, as well as shorter stories following up on those investigations, focused on New York state and city politics.

An ideal candidate would share the enthusiasm we bring to this work and be excited to help build and shape New York Focus. This position is remote, but the ideal candidate lives in or near New York state.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips to hires@nysfocus.com.

About New York Focus

New York Focus is an independent newsroom covering state and local politics, committed to unmasking the operation of public and private power in the Empire State.

In our first nine months, we’ve published investigations of New York’s politicians and power brokers, explainers on under-examined legislation and political processes, and perspectives on nascent popular movements and organizing. Our stories have moved policy, been referenced in state legislature and city council hearings, and been cited by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Intercept, and Politico

Our core beats include the state budget and economic policy; climate and energy; housing and homelessness; immigration and labor; and incarceration and criminal justice.

Responsibilities for the position are as follows:

  • Generate original ideas for 1-3 hard-hitting, investigative pieces a month in New York Focus’ coverage areas.
  • Work with editors from pitch or commission to publication, often including multiple rounds of edits.
  • Promote your pieces through social media and other available channels. 
  • Build relationships with sources beyond the scope of an individual article

About You

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • Excitement about investigative journalism that promotes accountability in New York State and City. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude in reporting in-depth stories.
  • Demonstrated ability to uncover information beyond what sources readily say; a nose for where to dig!
  • Superb writing ability, including close attention to clarity of prose.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with editors.
  • Familiarity with the New York media landscape, potentially including relationships with sources in any or all of our coverage areas.

Compensation 

$800 per investigative article. (Rate may be lower for less intensive follow-ups and other shorter stories.) Articles demanding exceptional effort will receive additional compensation. Contributors are not restricted from writing for other publications.

To Apply 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips to hires@nysfocus.com. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with New York Focus, how you could help improve our journalism, and what values and strategies characterize your reporting process.

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

We are committed to an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission.

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