The Markup is hiring for multiple reporters to join our investigative newsroom.

We’re interested in hearing from candidates on what topics, beats, or industries they’d like to cover for The Markup and why.

We’re particularly interested in hiring at least one reporter with a focus on labor—specifically gig and warehouse workers and the ways technology is changing labor. Check out our Working for an Algorithm series to see some past coverage we’re incredibly proud of.

In this role, as with all our work at The Markup, the ultimate goal is to create compelling journalism that equips people with the knowledge, tools, and agency to drive change. At a high level, the job is to bring an accountability lens to the way that powerful institutions use technology to shape our society through quicker turnaround investigations and larger projects.

All reporter positions are Guild positions, full-time, and with benefits.

As a reporter, you will:

  • Identify, pitch, and produce:
    • Short and medium-sized enterprise projects
    • In-depth, long-form investigative stories
    • Follow-ups and other stories that can push an investigation further (because we know stories don’t end when we publish)
  • Work to create journalism with impact. Expose wrongdoing; equip people, communities, organizations, and regulators with the critical information they need to drive reform; strive for the goal of institutional and systemic change.
  • Find and approach stories using many different types of skills and resources, such as grassroots reporting, connecting with communities, building custom tools, analyzing data and public records, crowdsourcing, or something else we haven’t thought of yet
  • Stay on top of your beat or area. You will rarely contribute to a breaking news cycle, but you will frequently use your expertise to figure out what’s worth digging into next.
  • Collaborate a lot. The Markup’s stories often carry multiple bylines and usually go through multiple types of edits, as reporters work hand-in-hand with colleagues who focus on data journalism, engineering, visual journalism, social media, and communications. We also work with a growing number of external newsroom partners to make our work the best it can possibly be and extend its reach. 
  • Share your expertise, whether that’s talking sourcing with colleagues or doing a radio interview to help spread the word on the project you just published
  • Adhere to journalistic and The Markup’s standards for ethics and fairness

What we’re looking for:

We’ve done our best to list the relevant qualifications applicants might bring to this job below, but the list isn’t exhaustive—we highly encourage you to share with us other experiences and qualifications you have that may be valuable to this role.

We strongly encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds to apply. Research shows that underrepresented applicants often downplay their skills. Even if you believe that your experience doesn’t match the qualifications listed (and we certainly don’t expect candidates to be equally skilled in the areas we’ve listed), we still want to hear from you. Please apply!

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A track record of publishing journalism that holds institutions accountable for harm, while identifying narrative opportunities to elevate the voices of people at the heart of a story (but don’t worry about whether you’ve literally had the word “investigative” in your title before)
  • Experience in beat, enterprise, and/or investigative reporting, with expertise writing clearly and effectively in a few different forms, such as features, analysis, explainers, investigations, or scoops
  • Enthusiasm for thinking out of the box and creative problem solving—on everything from how to pry loose public records to pitching new custom-built software to tell a specific story
  • Attentiveness to detail and the ability to think critically on stories. As part of The Markup team, you’ll use these skills to ask better questions, better evaluate when companies are obfuscating the truth about technology, and better pinpoint harmful practices that could be changed.
  • A genuine interest in your beat and a drive to cover issues involving equity and justice
  • An ability to cultivate and maintain sources, including those that require great sensitivity or are difficult to get
  • A clear dedication to working collaboratively, and inherent generosity around sharing credit with colleagues
  • Some experience and comfort using spreadsheets (regardless of software) and a deep-seated appreciation for how journalists use data and code in our investigations
  • A consistent and rigorous fact-checking process for your work

Pluses, but not requirements:

  • Existing, deep sources on your beat so you can start brainstorming and pitching longer investigations and enterprise stories right out of the gate 
  • Data journalism or data analysis experience—as a reporter or in another related role
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English

We’ll start reviewing applications on Monday, Jan. 23, and will continue to accept and review applications afterward on a rolling basis. 

Compensation and benefits

This is a full-time position with an expected salary range of $80,000 to $110,000, plus generous benefits, including paid time off and medical, vision, and dental insurance. Read more about The Markup’s benefits. We also want to encourage your leadership in our field, so we will support attending industry conferences and professional training.

The salary range above is our best estimate, in good faith, of what we expect to pay for this position. Our final salary figure will take into account the candidate’s experience and skills, as well as our commitment to pay our staff equitably.

The Markup is a remote workplace, but employees will be expected to travel from time to time, such as for reporting trips or events.

About The Markup

We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/)—a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City. With little accountability or oversight, technology is affecting how we vote, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, health care, and have a comfortable life. People deserve to know more about how this is happening, who is being harmed, and what they can do about it. That’s where The Markup’s hard-hitting, investigative journalism comes in.

Our approach to investigative journalism is guided by the scientific method. We develop hypotheses and assemble data—through crowdsourcing, FOIAs, and automated data collection—to test our theories. We also strive to work in genuine partnership with local journalists and existing, local news organizations who have built trust with the communities they cover. We aim to equip people, communities, and organizations with information that helps them protect themselves when wrongdoing is exposed and that drives institutional and systemic change.

We also don’t take shortcuts, even if that means searching high and low for a newsletter platform that meets our privacy promise or taking the time to bulletproof an investigation. We pride ourselves on an organizational culture that is rigorous, collaborative, and courageous.

Our mission is woven into everything we do. We believe that at our best, our work drives tangible, positive impact in the world, and we work deliberately and strategically to ensure our stories have as much impact as possible. Read more about how we think about impact at The Markup.

The Markup is committed to becoming an antiracist organization. And as an organization led by women of color, we do our best to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do—of which hiring is just one part. We encourage you to ask us about what concrete steps we are taking in service of these ideals. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people. A college degree is not required to apply for jobs at The Markup.

Come do your best work with us. We’re excited to meet you.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the form below. Here’s what you need to know about the form:

  • Instead of a cover letter, we ask you a series of questions that get at the heart of what we’d like to know from all our candidates. 
  • The projects you’ll submit and expound upon are an opportunity to showcase how you work, from the moment an idea sparks your interest to when it finally goes live.
  • Use these questions as a way to address how your experience intersects with what we list in the “What we’re looking for” section above.
  • We do not expect to give candidates a hiring test as a part of the application or interview process.

Please do not contact the hiring manager directly, and please do not send a résumé to staff at their individual email addresses.

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, don’t hesitate to contact jobs@themarkup.org.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, country of origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.

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