Location

Remote/Indiana based

Department

Communications

Deadline date

June 17, 2022

Position Overview

The ACLU of Indiana is seeking an experienced, reliable, and highly motivated Investigative Reporter Contractor. The Investigative Reporter will engage in research, documentation, story gathering, and data analysis that will be used to illuminate media, lawmaker, and public perceptions around civil liberties issues. Projects will focus heavily on the criminal legal system in Indiana.

This is a part time contract position which will be performed remotely, but will require a moderate amount of travel throughout Indiana and visits to the Indianapolis office. The contractor will work directly with the Director of Communications, but should be able to produce high-quality work with minimal supervision.

The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana is a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU.

Responsibilities

  • Perform in-depth, original research by developing sources, filing and analyzing public records’ requests, and working with other organizations on criminal justice issues
  • Use research to develop public materials such as white papers, reports, and fact sheets as agreed upon in project contract
  • Find compelling narratives about the ACLU’s work by engaging with community members to highlight personal stories

Qualifications

The Investigative Reporter should possess the following experience and personal attributes:

  • Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications, particularly in the area of criminal justice
  • Experience with or knowledge of Indiana’s criminal justice system
  • Excellent research skills and investigative experience with an aptitude for engaging with local organizations, community groups, and the general public to identify compelling stories
  • A rock-star writer with an established track record for producing clear and compelling content, distilling complicated narratives, issues, and data sets down into values-based, human-centered stories that inspire people to take action
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years professional writing experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. A background in investigative journalism with an extensive publication history is preferred

Compensation:

The position is a part-time contract with time commitment and pay determined on a project-by-project basis.

To Apply:

All applications are treated confidentially. Interested candidates should send a current resume and a writing sample to asult@aclu-in.org.

Please put "Investigative Reporter Application" in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. References may be requested. We hope to have this position filled by mid-June.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals, and people with arrest records and/or convictions.