Associate Editor

Supreme Court Observer (SCO) reports on and makes sense of the Supreme Court of India. We track selected cases: access and share court submissions; produce daily reports of court proceedings; and analyse decisions in plain language. We seek to enable common citizens to develop an understanding of the role of the Court in Indian public life through contemporaneous reporting and by exploring a living archive of the Court’s work.

About the Role

The Associate Editor (AE) will, together with the SCO team, identify and track cases which have the potential to significantly impact the development of law or otherwise impact the general public. The AE will write and edit reports on cases, case background pages, petition summaries, and plain English versions of judgments and orders.

The AE will regularly produce content for the Journal section including sharp, concise and accessible analytical pieces, quantitative analysis of court data posts and podcasts on important judgments. The AE will additionally write material for other sections of the website such as Supreme Court judge profiles and plain language guides to Court procedure.

The AE will develop and implement a communications strategy along with the rest of the team that will direct SCO’s social and digital media presence. They will also assist with other outreach strategies such as organising workshops, seminars, conferences and other events.

The role is based out of SCO’s office at Bangalore.

Eligibility

Our ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about the Supreme Court’s work and its impact on India’s constitutional democracy and committed to communicating this to the public at large.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in Law or Journalism with a strong academic background. The candidate should preferably have a Masters’ degree in either Law or Journalism and 2 to 3 years of experience in legal journalism or publishing.

Desirable Qualities

• Journalistic and literary flair.

• Excellent research and writing skills.

• Ability to deconstruct complex legal materials and developments and communicate them to the wider public through accessible and attractive prose.

How to Apply

To apply, email admin@scobserver.in, with ‘Application for Associate Editor’ in the subject of your mail. Attach your CV, 2 writing samples and a statement of purpose.

Court Reporter (New Delhi)

Supreme Court Observer (SCO) reports on and makes sense of the Supreme Court of India (SC). We track selected cases: access and share court submissions; produce daily reports of court proceedings and analyse decisions in plain language. We seek to enable common citizens to develop an understanding of the role of the Court in Indian public life through contemporaneous reporting and by exploring a living archive of the Court’s work.

About the Role

The Court Reporter will act as the SCO’s eyes and ears at the SC. Together with the SCO Team, the Court Reporter will identify cases which have the potential to significantly impact the development of law or otherwise impact the general public. To do this, the Court Reporter is expected to build and be in regular contact with an extensive network of lawyers and clerks working at the SC.

The Court Reporter will attend regular hearings for significant cases at the SC. They will write and communicate reports of hearings, case background pages, petition summaries, and plain English explanations of judgments and key orders. The Court Reporter will maintain and grow SCO’s repository of documents in tracked cases as well.

The Court Reporter will regularly produce content for the Journal section including sharp, concise and accessible analytical pieces, quantitative analysis of the Court and podcasts on important judgments. The Reporter will additionally write material for other sections of the website such as Supreme Court judge profiles and plain language guides to Court procedure.

The role requires the Court Reporter to be based in New Delhi.

Eligibility

Our ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about the Supreme Court’s work and its impact on India’s constitutional democracy and committed to communicating this to the public at large.

Candidates must have an

  • Undergraduate degree in Law or Journalism with a strong academic background.
  • Masters’ degree in either Law or Journalism (Preferred)
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in legal journalism or publishing.

Desirable Qualities

  • Journalistic and literary flair.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to deconstruct complex legal materials and developments and communicate them to the wider public through accessible and attractive prose.

How to Apply

To apply, email admin@scobserver.in, with ‘Application for Court Reporter’ in the subject of your mail. Attach your CV, 2 writing samples and a statement of purpose.

Senior Associate Editor

Supreme Court Observer (SCO) reports on and makes sense of the Supreme Court of India. We track selected cases: access and share court submissions; produce daily reports of court proceedings; and analyse decisions in plain language. We seek to enable common citizens to develop an understanding of the role of the Court in Indian public life through contemporaneous reporting and by exploring a living archive of the Court’s work.

About the Role

The Senior Associate Editor (SAE) will take editorial decisions that will inform all reporting, writing and editing work of the SCO team. The SAE will closely track the developments at the Supreme Court. They will identify cases and stories that have the potential to significantly impact the development of law or otherwise impact the general public.

The SAE will oversee the live reporting and ensure that these reports are edited, fact-checked and published on time. They will also ensure that all case related writing and materials are procured and made public. The SAE will coordinate these tasks with the SCO team.

The SCO team comprises dedicated Court Reporters and Associate Editors. The SAE will provide editorial leadership and supervise the work of this team. They will develop and maintain a distinct voice for the SCO across the website and social media platforms. The SAE will review and edit pieces in a manner that makes them accessible, insightful and succinct.

The SAE will work closely with the team to develop and implement a communications strategy that will direct SCO’s social and digital media presence. They will also frame guidelines for public outreach.

The role is based out of SCO’s office at Bangalore.

Eligibility

Our ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about the Supreme Court’s work and its impact on India’s constitutional democracy and committed to communicating this to the public at large.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in Law or Journalism, and a Masters’ degree in Law or Journalism. They must have at least 3 to 5 years of experience in legal journalism or publishing.

Desirable Qualities

    • Journalistic and literary flair. 
    • Excellent research and writing skills.
    • Ability to deconstruct complex legal materials and developments and communicate them to the wider public through accessible and attractive prose.

How to Apply

Write to admin@scobserver.in, with ‘Application for Senior Associate Editor’ in the subject of your mail. Attach your CV, 2 writing samples and a statement of purpose.

Communications Associate

Supreme Court Observer (SCO) reports on and makes sense of the Supreme Court of India (SC). We track selected cases: access and share court submissions; produce daily reports of court proceedings and analyse decisions in plain language. We seek to enable common citizens to develop an understanding of the role of the Court in Indian public life through contemporaneous reporting and by exploring a living archive of the Court’s work.

About the Role

The Communications Associate will manage communications, and multimedia production for SCO. Together with the SCO Team, the Associate will develop a distinctive and sharp social media voice for SCO. The Associate will devise strategies for a curated, interactive social media presence for SCO.

The Communications Associate will conceptualise and produce podcasts for SCO’s channel. In these podcasts, SCO explains significant developments in SC cases that influence Indian public life. We interview academics and lawyers with specialised knowledge and interest in significant cases as well.

The Associate will be expected to regularly manage the look and feel of the website. This will include designing visuals and infographics to accompany the articles and reports published by the SCO Team. The Associate may also lead improvements to the website’s layout and design along with our team of web developers.

The role is based out of SCO’s office in Bangalore.

Eligibility

Our ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about the Supreme Court’s work and its impact on India’s constitutional democracy and committed to communicating this to the public at large. They will also have a strong design sense and an interest in exploring and executing new dissemination strategies.

Candidates must have

  • An undergraduate degree in Communications, Mass Media, and Public Relations with a strong academic background.
  • Masters’ degree in relevant field (Preferred)
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in journalism, publishing, or marketing.

Desirable Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to convert long-form articles into accessible and attractive social media content
  • Demonstrated experience with podcast production
  • Keen design eye.

How to Apply

To apply, email admin@scobserver.in, with ‘Application for Communications Associate’ in the subject of your mail. Attach your CV, a statement of purpose, and samples of your work.

 

Internship Programme

Supreme Court Observer (SCO) reports on and makes sense of the Supreme Court of India. We track selected cases: access and share court submissions; produce daily reports of court proceedings; and analyse decisions in plain language. We seek to enable common citizens to develop an understanding of the role of the Court in Indian public life through contemporaneous reporting and by exploring a living archive of the Court’s work.

About the Programme

Our full-time in-person internship programme gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in legal research and journalism as well as conducting logistical and administrative tasks. The programme is designed to provide interns with opportunities for learning and developing their skills. The intern will assist in the production of content for various parts of the website, including Journal posts, case pages, judge profiles and posts on Court procedure.

Eligibility

  • 4th or 5th year students in a 5-year law course
  • 2nd or 3rd year students in a 3-year law course
  • Final year students interested in legal journalism pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in any subject

The minimum duration of the internship is one month.

Interns will be working physically at our office in Bangalore.

How to Apply

Write to admin@scobserver.in with a CV, a cover letter and two writing samples.