WNYC is seeking an experienced data reporter to join our data and interactive journalism team to cover New York City and the rest of our listening area. Investigations and accountability journalism, broadly, are the focus. The data reporter will pitch and report original stories, work with other reporters in the WNYC newsroom on in-depth projects, and potentially work with freelancers and outside news organizations.
You’d think that since journalists are in the communications business, we’d be great at naming things. In fact, as a group, we’re terrible at it. And perhaps nowhere is this terribleness more apparent than when we try to name any job in journalism that didn’t exist before, say, 2003. Maybe you’ve seen or applied for jobs with titles like: graphics reporter, data scientist, news app developer, interactive developer, visual journalist, etc.? This position is very similar.In fact, it’s a combination of these disciplines.
We’re looking for curiosity, ambition, and a diverse skill set. We especially want someone committed to developing a strong connection to our audience and community and working with them to identify novel story ideas and angles as well as helping us understand the kind of storytelling format that will have the most impact.
Our newsroom has recently decided on our areas of focus for 2019 and they will heavily inform your work. Don’t worry, the mix of topics is varied, and the specific lines of reporting are still being developed. The Data Reporter will be working with other journalists at WNYC on joint stories and investigations within these topic areas. Ideally, you’ll also bring a beat or subject-matter expertise with you (if not, you’ll quickly develop one) or at least some lines of original reporting you’d like to explore within these topics. You’ll also scrub in for big breaking news and recurring events when it makes sense.
Our work on the data and interactive team is multi-platform and the final form of each story is unique. Audio is obviously a big part of what we do at WNYC, so your stories will almost always have a radio version. What other forms will they take? Wherever the story takes us. The best way to tell a given story may be a 3,000-word feature with charts, a timeline, some video and a handful of photos. It could be a news app or an interactive game. It could be a graphic novel. Perhaps it’s a billboard in Times Square or a subway ad. Maybe it’s all those things and more!
But because we’re a small shop, candidates who can build the tools needed to report and present their stories, in addition to pitching,reporting, and working with data, are highly desirable. Don’t worry if you’re new to radio, we’ll teach you. You will also be expected to write well. We’ll help you with that, too. (Everybody needs an editor!)
It may sound obvious at this point, but our team’s focus is original storytelling about the place we live. We’re not interested in commodity news. We are not a service department.
While we are a very small team at the moment, we have plans to expand in 2019. This is a great opportunity to get in early and help shape the department as we grow.
You don’t have to be elite in all aspects of data and visual journalism to succeed but we’re a very small shop so the more you can bring to the table the better.
?An exceptional work ethic, curiosity, ambition, intelligence, grace, and a collaborative spirit. (Easy, right?!)
?Experience acquiring and analyzing large data sets.
?Front-end software engineering skills. (Bonus points if you have full-stack software skills.)
?Demonstrated experience visualizing data (it’s ok if you worked with a designer to create the project).
?Demonstrated experience building and engaging audiences around specific topics and stories.
?Experience pitching and reporting enterprising stories on consequential topics.
?Strong writing skills.
?Experience filing FOIL/FOIA requests.
?Superb oral communication skills.
?Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment.
?Ability to manage several projects concurrently.
?Demonstrated knowledge of and curiosity about complex social and cultural issues, including public policy issues of interest to people in the New York/New Jersey region.
?Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking.
?The intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with the public and with other staff at New York Public Radio.
?Bonus points for experience with interaction design, product management techniques and, of course, audio journalism.
Please submit cover letter, resume and portfolio of your work. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. If you don’t have a portfolio you can still apply but those who submit one will receive more serious consideration.
We’re looking for an ambitious data reporter and visual storyteller with software engineering skills and at least one to three years of experience working in a newsroom. Yes, internships count. Yes, your work on your college publication and special projects counts. Candidates with a strong portfolio of stories will rise to the top of the list.
(Lots of bonus points if you also have a strong design or UX background. Even more if you’ve successfully used video or audio or photography to tell a story. But, listen, don’t beat yourself up about it if you don’t. People like this are still, sadly, very rare.)
We’re also interested in hearing from highly-skilled, full-stack software engineers, researchers, recent computer science grads and data science grads who are interested in becoming (or becoming better)journalists. (Lots of bonus points if you have some prior experience in journalism.)
Maybe you’re a data scientist (or recent graduate) and you’d rather report on Wall Street than work (or continue to work) there? You should definitely apply.
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