Investigative reporter/researcher for The National Registry of Exonerations

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  • School of Social Ecology - Criminology, Law & Society


    Open date: April 2nd, 2018

    Next review date: April 23rd, 2018
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: December 31st, 2018
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    The National Registry of Exonerations is hiring an experienced, investigative reporter/researcher for a long-term full-time position to investigate, document and write the stories of exoneration's in the United States.

    The Registry collects, analyzes and disseminates information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States, from 1989 to the present. Since it was founded in 2012, the Registry has consistently added more than 200 exonerations to the database annually. In addition, the Registry publishes annual reports as well as issues-based reports.

    This person will be expected to:

    • Identify cases in which innocent defendants have been exonerated.
    • Gather court documents and news articles about exonerations that are to be added to the Registry, and conduct interviews with prosecutors, defense lawyers, investigators and police officers who worked on those cases.
    • Write in timely fashion coherent and informative narrative summaries of the cases, from the initial report of the crime through arrest, conviction, appeals and ultimately exoneration.
    • Learn the Registry's system of data coding about exonerations - the foundation for the empirical research we do - and code new cases as they are entered in that database.
    • Conduct research and reporting as necessary for special Registry reports.
    • Work collaboratively with editors and fellow researchers.

    Applicants must have extensive experience as investigative reporters with a thorough background in the workings of the legal system-criminal and civil. They should also have experience making public information requests.

    How to Apply

    Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Initial review date is 4/23/18.

    Candidates should submit a resume and online link to published investigative work. Previous work should demonstrate an ability to write compelling narratives that provide extensive legal information in a form that is accessible to the general public.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Online Link to Published Investigative Work
    • Misc / Additional (Optional)
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    Posted: 4/3/2018
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