For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.
Reporting to the Director of Publications and Editorial, the reporter/researcher will be part of the team that creates blog articles, op-eds, feature pages, infographics, interactive web features, and social media content for distribution on the ACLU’s website and on other media platforms. This position will require someone who is great at multitasking and experienced in writing on news events, research methods, fact-checking, and copy editing. Some experience and strong interest in working on visual journalism in the form of maps, charts, and interactive features is highly desired.
The reporter/researcher will work in collaboration with editors, communications strategists, lawyers, lobbyists, state advocates, the video team, and the digital team to produce content that promotes the ACLU’s work on civil rights and civil liberties.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide writing, editing, research, and fact-checking support for editorial projects for distribution on all ACLU platforms.
- Work with the editorial team to develop, gather data for, and produce infographics and visualizations that tell the stories of ACLU cases and campaigns.
- Work with attorneys, coalition partners, clients, and others to identify and develop stories.
- Produce articles in the ACLU content management systems, as well as on other platforms, including Medium and Apple News.
- Write social media language to be shared on all social media platforms.
- Copyedit content according to AP style.
- Moderate reader comments on the ACLU platforms.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction.
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A minimum of three years of professional experience in journalism, media, and digital communications.
- Strong and varied reporting experience.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Proven experience in exercising sound editorial judgment in breaking news environments.
- Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, English, or a related field is required.
- Experience in online media production, especially in conceiving and producing visual and multimedia content.
- Experience writing social media messages, and promoting issues through social media.
- Experience with digital content distribution strategies.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others, including cross-departmentally.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Associated Press style required.
- Basic proficiency with HTML; experience using a CMS to publish and update website content.
- Experience using Photoshop to edit basic graphics a plus.
- A demonstrated interest in civil liberties and passion for the work of the ACLU is essential.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), a resume and a relevant writing sample of no more than 3 pages to hrjobsCOMM@aclu.org - reference [COMM-75/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Communications Department. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
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