The Reese News Lab at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media & Journalism is seeking a full-stack news application developer to help build and maintain new media products that serve the information needs of geographic communities.
We are seeking a software engineer with a passion for the mission of journalism to help people understand the world around them and make decisions that help them lead happier and more productive lives.
Reese News Lab is a combination start-up and educational environment, and the ideal candidate will be comfortable both working on code sprints and patiently explaining technical opportunities and limitations to undergraduate students and rural journalists.
This is a full-time position based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, although remote applicants will be considered.
This position reports to the director of the Reese News Lab and is funded through a grant from the Knight Foundation.
Good communication skills - from verbal to email to readme files and code commenting
Broad curiosity, self-initiative and ability to foresee both challenges and opportunities
Professional proficiency with web application development frameworks such as Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails
Professional proficiency managing production SQL databases
Experience deploying and managing services on AWS
Previous experience in a leadership role
Demonstrated ability to work independently with only general guidelines and little supervision
Strong project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
Familiarity with data analysis in Python or R
Familiarity with geographic data
Experience working with digital media audience analytics
An understanding of the basic economics of digital media
Experience explaining what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
Experience deploying and maintaining Wordpress websites, including integration with other platforms such as Google Analytics
Experience in a startup environment, but the patience to navigate the regulations of a large bureaucracy
About UNC Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism
The School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the top J-Schools in the country and is recognized across the campus and the state as one of the most successful professional schools at UNC-CH. Our diverse, innovative faculty members are actively engaged in shaping the next generation of media professionals in public relations, advertising and journalism and providing thought leadership to the professions. The public relations program is the largest program in the School, attracting exceptionally bright undergraduate and graduate students.
The School has a rich tradition of research and creative activity to serve the profession as well as the academy. Faculty members contribute to knowledge through activities that have attracted national attention and established those individuals as leaders in their respective fields.
The School offers several innovative classroom and extracurricular experiences that directly align faculty members and students with industry professionals – either through partnerships in the classroom or on-campus events. These experiences help the School keep abreast of industry changes and allow faculty members... and students to work on emerging real-world projects that provide inspired thinking to the profession.
The School is served by a 48-member Board of Advisors composed of leading journalists, media, public relations and advertising professionals. Meeting twice a year, the board helps assure the needs and interests of the professions are considered in the strategic plans and focus of the School. Edward H. Vick, retired chairman and chief operating officer of Young & Rubicam, is the chair of the board.