The Marshall Undertaking, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media group overlaying felony justice, is happy to announce the rent of its first-ever Managing Editor, Native.
Marlon A. Walker will set up, oversee and develop native information groups, form their journalism, set journalistic imaginative and prescient and oversee a program of engagement journalism and group engagement. The Marshall Undertaking recently announced its first native information operation, in Cleveland, and has revealed its first main challenge, an ongoing investigation of its criminal courts. Cleveland is meant to be the primary of a number of native information groups.
Walker joins The Marshall Undertaking from The Clarion Ledger, the place he served as Government and State Editor, managing day-to-day affairs of a number of Gannett papers. He brings a breadth and depth of expertise in native and regional information: Walker has reported on training for the Atlanta Journal-Structure; on transportation for the Detroit Free Press; and labored normally task, authorized, police and authorities reporting for The Related Press, The St. Louis Dispatch, The Macon Telegraph, The Raleigh Information and Observer and The Tampa Bay Instances.
“We’re delighted to welcome Marlon as we construct a community of native information groups to supply felony justice accountability reporting,” mentioned Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Undertaking. “His in depth expertise in a number of native newsrooms throughout the nation and his dedication to cowl native communities and attain audiences who’ve historically been uncared for make him a super match for this management function.”
Walker brings a spread of newsroom experiences to The Marshall Undertaking, from investigative reporting to beat reporting, enhancing, and contributions to main nationwide and native initiatives of USA Right now and The Related Press. A serious focus of Walker’s at The Clarion Ledger was participating new and underserved audiences, a big purpose of The Marshall Undertaking’s native journalism initiative.
“I’ve admired The Marshall Undertaking’s work for years, and loved collaborating with its journalists on advanced felony justice work in my native newsrooms. I’m past delighted to affix this workforce and be a part of the group’s efforts to additional its mission by establishing native newsrooms,” mentioned Walker. “Being on the bottom is crucial to really understanding what is occurring in our communities and serving to handle systemic points.”
Via native information reporting, The Marshall Undertaking envisions a collection of non-profit journalism groups staffed by native reporters who know their group, supported by nationwide editorial and operational help. We purpose to supply journalism that’s written for, and accountable to, the communities through which the groups are primarily based. The primary installment of an ongoing reporting challenge, Testify, was co-published by seven totally different companions in Cleveland.
Walker will stay primarily based in Jackson, Mississippi, as The Marshall Undertaking extends its geographic attain to native newsrooms all through the nation. A Detroit native, Walker is a 2005 graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical College’s College of Journalism and Graphic Communication. He might be discovered on Twitter at @marlonawalker.