Investigative Reporter, Southern Poverty Law Center - AL

Montgomery, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience and within parameters of SPLC salary bands.
Mar 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
Job Type
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.

Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, we’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.

Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.

Position Summary

SPLC seeks an Investigative Reporter to research, develop, write and produce groundbreaking investigative content for the Intelligence Project.

The successful candidate working in tandem with our Managing Editor will be tasked with generating 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, develop and maintain sources that will generate exclusive and compelling story content.

The Investigative Reporter will work closely with our Research and Data teams to conceptualize and produce factual, ethical and impactful investigative content.


  • Create, research and report, short and long form stories through investigation and research;
  • Utilize sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report, write and produce exclusive accountability stories and investigative projects;
  • Review copy for accuracy, conversational writing and clarity;
  • Coordinate with internal partners to create excellent, audience driven content for web and social media;
  • Compile documentation to facilitate ease of fact checking.


  • Bachelor’s degree, experience can be substituted for education;
  • 3-5 years of investigative journalism experience with demonstrated results;
  • Excellent research, writing and reporting skills;
  • Strong ability to build trust and credibility with stakeholders across lines of difference;
  • 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;
  • Commitment to the values and mission of SPLC.
  • Not for profit experience is preferred but not essential

Click 'Apply' now.

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, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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.