Data journalist

Posted On: September 4, 2014

Journalism Job

Media Organization: New York Daily News

Company Description

The Daily News is the fifth-largest print circulation newspaper and among the most-trafficked news sites in the nation. We have a distinguished history of producing high-impact stories in the interest of everyday New Yorkers, which has included 10 Pulitzer Prizes and 20 George Polk Awards. And we have grown exponentially as a national brand, with roughly 80% of our 27.3 million unique visitors in July 2014 coming from out-of-state. Your work would play an integral role in elevating our digital presence on both the local and national level.

Job Description

The New York Daily News is seeking a data and programming whiz with a background in journalism to join our growing interactive team. This position would primarily involve data analysis, web scraping, building internal news apps and mobile-responsive interactive data visualizations, filing Freedom of Information requests and reporting. You’d be working with teams of journalists, designers, developers and multimedia producers to create dynamic print and web packages that pop. Your work would be a mix of local and national projects; self-generated ideas and collaborations with other reporters; long-term investigations, breaking news enterprise and searchable databases.

Desired skills:
• Ability to work collaboratively and congenially with multiple editorial departments.
• Ability to perform advanced data analysis using programs such as MySQL, Caspio, NaviCat, PostgreSQL, Google Refine and Tableau.
• Programming skills in JavaScript and PHP, Python or Ruby.
• Ability to visualize data using tools such as D3, Highcharts, Google Fusion, QGis, ArcGIS, MapBox, Leaflet and CartoDB.
• Proven track record winning Freedom of Information battles, strong news judgment that enables you to find a great story in a sea of numbers, and the ability to report it out.
• Participation in the open-source community and maintaining a GitHub repository a plus.
• Willingness to participate in training journalists on data skills to foster a culture of obtaining and analyzing data across the newsroom.
• Ongoing commitment to building new skills, which will be fostered by attendance at trainings and conferences.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that includes links to 5-8 of your favorite projects along with an explanation of your role in each. Please send your cover letter within the body of the email, your work samples as links, and your resume as an attachment. The subject line of the email should read: “Your Name: data journalist job posting.”

The contact for this job is Sarah Ryley, No calls, please.