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.
The investigative reporter will produce original content on civil rights and social justice issues in support of the organization’s programmatic goals and in collaboration with the SPLC Editor and staffers throughout the organization. They will generate long- and short-term investigative projects as well as news stories and other types of content for online and print platforms. They will also contribute research and writing for policy reports, analysis, commentaries, and other products as needed. The investigative reporter will work closely with research, programmatic, and data teams to conceptualize and produce factual, ethical, and impactful investigative content. The writer must ensure accuracy, clarity, consistency, and overall quality of content while meeting deadlines and balancing short- and long-term assignments. This position is located in Montgomery, AL.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Create, research and write short- and long-form content through investigation and research;
• Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive, impactful stories and investigative projects;
• Research and write news stories and analysis;
• Stay abreast of SPLC programmatic work and develop productive working relationships with programmatic staff;
• Produce ideas for SPLC publications, campaigns and other advocacy efforts;
• Review copy for accuracy, clarity and libel;
• Coordinate with internal partners to create compelling, impactful content for web and social media;
• Compile documentation to facilitate ease of fact checking;
• Provide research, writing, copyediting, fact-checking, and other editorial services, as needed, for a broad range of products.
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or English preferred;
• 3+ years of investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results;
• Excellent research skills, including familiarity with public records and data-based reporting methods;
• Strong communication skills; ability to conduct interviews and to write clearly, accurately and persuasively;
• Proven ability to work independently, meet multiple deadlines and function under pressure;
• Familiarity with and commitment to social justice issues and the SPLC’s mission;
• Team player with entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels in fast-paced environment.
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, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.