Online Editor/ Investigative Reporter

Req No.
Intelligence Project
Regular Full-Time


The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.


SPLC's Intelligence Project monitors activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, antigovernment militias, and other forms of extremism. The team is tasked with tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. The Intelligence Project publishes a magazine, white papers, investigative reports, social media items and blog posts. The department also trains law enforcement officers and shares key intelligence and analysis about the radical right with the media and public.


The SPLC's Intelligence Project seeks an online editor/investigative reporter to serve as editor for the Hatewatch blog and other online platforms, including the department’s social media feeds. The online editor/investigative reporter will supervise and coordinate staff and freelancers who produce output for our online outlets at the direction of the IP managing editor. The online editor will also assist in producing investigative research and written materials for the SPLC.


The online editor will also produce investigative content for the Intelligence Project's print and digital platforms. They will research, develop, write, and produce groundbreaking investigative reports. They will work in tandem with our managing editor to generate long and short term investigative projects and content; produce major articles focusing on extremism, terrorism, and hate groups for the Intelligence Report and our online platforms; contribute research and analysis on emerging events; provide written and digital content for our website; and develop and maintain sources that will generate exclusive and compelling story content. The online editor will work closely with the department’s Research and Data teams to conceptualize and produce factual, ethical, and impactful investigative content. This position can be located in Montgomery, AL or Atlanta, GA.


  • Edit online platforms and coordinate staff producing materials for those platforms;
  • Review copy for accuracy, clarity and libel;
  • Write major features and blog items for IP and SPLC publications;
  • Utilize sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive stories and investigative projects;
  • Coordinate with internal partners to create excellent, audience driven content for web and social media;
  • Produce ideas for IP and SPLC publications, campaigns and other advocacy efforts;
  • Assist in editing other material as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred; experience can be substituted for education;
  • 5+ years of editing and investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results;
  • Excellent research, writing and reporting skills;
  • Strong ability to build trust and credibility with stakeholders across the institution;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment;
  • Commitment to develop and maintain sources;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, take initiative, receive constructive feedback and work autonomously;
  • Must be a team player;
  • Commitment to the values and mission of SPLC. 



Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.


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