The Marshall Project—named in honor of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall—is a nonprofit news outlet devoted to covering the U.S. criminal justice system. The organization focuses on deep investigative reporting which has earned it two Pulitzer Prizes since it launched in 2014. Susan Chira became the Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project after a successful career at The New York Times. She joins Bob Ambrogi on This Week in Legal Blogging to discuss The Marshall Project’s newest initiative in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Episode Outline

  • 02:02 – How The Marshall Project began
  • 03:06 – The organization’s mission and where they are putting their resources
  • 05:12 – The Marshall Project makes it a practice to work with people who were formerly incarcerated
  • 05:54 – They are a nonpartisan journalism organization, not an advocacy group
  • 07:04 – What they do differently from traditional journalistic outlets
  • 08:07 – What drew Chira to get involved in The Marshall Project
  • 10:15 – How nonprofit journalism differs from for-profit journalism
  • 12:43 – Why The Marshall Project is focusing on local journalism efforts
  • 15:43 – What made them choose Cleveland specifically
  • 19:12 – The role of data journalism in investigative reporting and how they’ve used it in Cleveland already
  • 25:25 – Their goal is to get information to people so they can make informed decisions
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Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. His writing has been published in The Seattle Times and Crosscut.