Project Editor, Voting Rights Reporting

Columbia University in the City of New York

Graduate School of Journalism

Project Editor, Voting Rights Reporting

The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time, temporary Project Editor, responsible for shaping and overseeing an ambitious investigative project to be carried out by a team of fellows of the Journalism School, directed under the supervision of Columbia Journalism Investigations editor Kristen Lombardi, with support from several school faculty members.


This is a full-time, temporary, benefits-eligible position from fall 2019 until January 2021. The exact start date will be negotiated at time of offer.


The project concerns voter rights and disenfranchisement in the United States. The work will be national in scope. The reporting will rely on the collection and analysis of data and documents and other investigative techniques to identify patterns and connect dots on this topic. The project requires an editor with substantial field and leadership experience, as well as knowledge of the American electoral system. The successful candidate will have completed to high standard more than one long-term, impactful investigative project. The successful candidate will also have a record of collaboration and management of reporters who are in the early stages of their careers.


The principal responsibility of the Project Editor will be to develop, oversee and participate in complex field and data investigative reporting by postgraduate fellows and other collaborators, to identify the project’s most promising leads. The Editor will be responsible for steering reporting and writing toward a successful conclusion—most likely in the form of a series of locally based reports, done in collaboration with professional news outlets, accompanied by rich digital and graphic content.


The successful candidate will work from the Journalism School, although travel may be required.


To qualify for this position the candidate must have a minimum of 4–6 years of related experience.  A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred.

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