Data Reporter

Posted On: January 14, 2019

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Simons Foundation (Spectrum)

Company Description

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons. With an annual grants and programs budget of $300 million, the foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

The foundation pursues its mission through its grant-making division, comprising programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Education & Outreach and autism research, and through its internal research division, the Flatiron Institute.

Job Description

Spectrum is looking for an experienced and savvy data reporter to bring a new era of quantitative reporting to our site.

Spectrum is an autism news site intended for scientists, although many non-scientists read us too. We seek a data maven who is excited to analyze data from autism research and produce valuable databases, maps and visualizations.

You’ll take on long-term projects, including creating databases of autism drugs and designing interactive graphics, such as our map of global autism prevalence. You’ll also produce data-driven news stories and accompanying graphics.

You will work with our award-winning team to find the stories behind the numbers in autism research, hold scientists accountable, and find trends by connecting dots. This is a fantastic opportunity for a data-visualization expert looking to dive into an exciting and rapidly growing field.

Bring at least three years of experience in data-driven reporting. We offer a generous salary and truly excellent benefits.


Assess the news value of data and data analysis
Report data-driven news and feature stories and help produce accompanying graphics and interactive applications
Collaborate with the multimedia director, reporters and developers to create high-quality, data-driven graphics and elements to accompany traditional stories
Build new forms of storytelling devices to illustrate ideas that aren’t best communicated with text alone
Write news, profile and long-form stories that educate, challenge and inspire our audience of scientists
Cultivate sources, embed yourself in the community and be the first to know about trends and provocative advances
Attend and report from conferences
Keep abreast of trends in digital storytelling as well as programming techniques


Attention to detail and ability to thoroughly check work for accuracy
Working knowledge of Excel
Proficiency with relational databases and structured query language (SQL)
Strong analytical, research and investigative skills
Experience with public-records requests for databases
Familiarity with math and basic statistics for data analysis
Experience analyzing data with code (Python, R)
Familiarity with mapping applications using geographic information systems (GIS)
Command of HTML, CSS and JS
Knowledge of D3 and Illustrator is a plus.


Please submit a résumé, a portfolio of your work and cover letter stating your interest in the position.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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