Career Opportunities

D.C. Witness Editor

D.C. Witness, a pioneering website that has brought unprecedented transparency to the Washington, D.C. criminal justice system and is reinventing how criminal justice is covered, is looking for an editor to lead its newsroom.

D.C. Witness has been designed to track, report on and gather the data related to violent crimes including homicides, sexual assaults and domestic violence.

D.C. Witness is non-partisan and non-advocacy. The site reports on every development on every case without offering opinions by tracking data on crime reduction policies and providing basic data analysis without offering conclusions. 

D.C. Witness has been credited with changing the way homicides are viewed in the city and has added tracking domestic violence and sexual assault. With the help of the person chosen for this position, D.C. Witness will not only bring a new perspective to understanding violent crime, but also provide an innovative tool that officials and policymakers can use to mitigate the crimes.  

D.C. Witness has transformed in the last two years with a new data base and a new website. It has been growing in audience as well. The organization is positioned to take off and is looking for the right person to lead the effort.

This editor will have the opportunity to shape this coverage moving forward. They will be responsible for editorial content and will supervise the newsroom, reporting team and the website. 

Duties include:

  • Oversee coverage plans
  • Manage newsroom
  • Provide final review of daily content
  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief to design data and policy projects. 
  • Oversee production of bi-weekly newsletter
  • Manage recruitment and training of interns 

The editor will report to the editor-in-chief and publisher.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Washington, D.C.
  • Interest in criminal justice
  • Editing/newsroom management experience 
  • Degree in journalism or equivalent experience

Salary: $45,000 – $65,000 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to noa@dcwitness.org.

D.C. Witness does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and selection of staff and interns.

D.C. Witness Summer Internship

Are you looking for an internship for the Summer? Then you should apply to D.C. Witness.

D.C. Witness is currently offering internship positions in Washington, DC to students and recent
graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism, sociology, public health, data analysis or
legal fields.

D.C. Witness gives interns knowledge and experience through reporting on court cases, analyzing data and identifying trends.

During the internship, interns can:
• Track violent crime cases;
• Attend court hearings/trials on violent crimes;
• Write brief and long-form stories on violent crime cases, data and trends;
• Research court documents and analyze Baltimore crime-reduction policies;
• Assist with interviewing families of defendants and victims;
• Interview court employees;
• Participate in multimedia projects; and
• Other administrative responsibilities.

This internship is unpaid but college credit may be offered.

D.C. Witness is a news site (www.dcwitness.org) that provides transparency on homicide, sexual assault and domestic violence cases in Washington, D.C. The site does this by collecting data on cases from date-of-death/incident to judicial resolution, reporting on court proceedings, and conducting interviews.

If interested in applying, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to the Editor Andrea Keckley at jobs@dcwitness.org.