THAKA is a not-for-profit with a mission to improve access to knowledge and education for people around the world. We believe education is key to the well-being of individuals and society, and we work to make it more effective and affordable. Our brands include Artstor, ITHAKA S+R, JSTOR, and Portico.

The Role

ITHAKA is looking for an editor to join the JSTOR Daily team to support the success of Reveal Digital’s American Prison Newspapers: 1800-2020, an open access digital collection of newspapers edited and produced by individuals who have been or are currently incarcerated. The Public Engagement Editor will work to acquire, edit, write, and publish original stories that enable discovery of, and public engagement with, Reveal Digital’s American Prison Newspapers collection on JSTOR Daily, ITHAKA’s online magazine that reaches over 6 million readers a year. The editor’s work will raise awareness among the general public about prison journalism and publications as well as the underlying conditions of systemic racism and mass incarceration under which this work was and is produced.

In addition, the editor will develop and execute a marketing plan to promote these stories along with other content such as the curriculum and educational materials developed by the Engagement and Curriculum Fellow for the American Prison Newspapers collection, and other relevant material in ITHAKA’s portfolio of prison education. The Public Engagement Editor will coordinate ongoing internal efforts to raise awareness of ITHAKA’s portfolio of work related to higher education in prisons.

This is a fixed-term, grant-funded position for 18-months.


The editor will highlight content included in the American Prison Newspapers collection, develop partnerships with prison journalism and higher education programs, former students, and organizations that support prison journalism. Specific tasks include:

Drive discovery and engagement around the American Prison Newspapers collection and content related to the history of mass incarceration and systemic racism.
Analyzing the prison newspaper archive and other material in JSTOR in order to showcase themes, writers, and contributions from the newspapers, and identifying opportunities for others to write about them too.
Acquiring content for publication on JSTOR Daily, including feature articles, blog posts, reading lists, and other content related to the collection.
Finding and cultivating freelance writers and working with them to develop stories about the collection.
Writing stories for JSTOR Daily to highlight content in the collection.
Identifying and working with a syndication partner to broaden the distribution to ensure the broadest possible readership for this content.
Collaborating with publications, such as the Prison Journalism Project, to elevate the voices of currently incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to a large audience by commissioning journalism for JSTOR Daily related to mass incarceration.
Develop a coordinated marketing strategy to promote the newspapers in the collection and contextual material developed and acquired as part of the project.
Develop a social media strategy and create content for social media channels as appropriate.
Evaluate marketing channels such as webinars, events, and newsletters as possible distribution channels.
Work with syndication partners and others to place the content for the widest distribution
Coordinate marketing & publicity activities for ITHAKA’s prison higher education and journalism portfolio more broadly.
Work with the editor to establish success metrics for the content and develop dashboards to measure the reach and engagement of the content published on JSTOR Daily, across social media and other platforms.

Experience and Skills

We strongly encourage applications from people who have been impacted by the criminal-justice system. Any combination of professional experience, volunteer work, coursework, and other transferable skills may be applied toward these qualifications.

Strong writing and communications skills.
Subject matter expert with 3-5 years of experience working in an editorial capacity on issues related to justice.
2-4 years experience in marketing (or equivalent) and facility with social media. Other digital media and marketing platforms are a plus.
Justice-involved candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Work for ITHAKA

We are committed to our organizational values of belonging, evidence, speed, teamwork, and trust.

Our team is passionate about our mission and supporting one another. We enjoy working together to create opportunities for people to learn and grow out in the world, and we bring that same commitment to helping our teammates develop in our careers and our lives. One of our core values is belonging. We embrace differences, and believe that the things that make each of us unique are the things that help us see new insights and build better solutions.

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