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Data Journalism Editor (Volunteer)

WhoWhatWhy

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted June 4, 2021.

We have an opening for an ambitious, resourceful, and discerning Data Journalism Editor to join the Editorial news team.

The successful candidate will help build and supervise a team that will focus on providing readers unique, important, and enterprising data-driven stories and projects on issues, people, and social injustice.
We are looking for a strong, positive communicator who loves to collaborate with writers to come up with story ideas, work with them at every step of the data reporting and writing process, make creative decisions about how stories should be presented, and partner with writers, editors, designers, and others to make stories captivate and resonate online.

This role will exercise sound journalistic judgment, visual creativity, and story-telling innovation to serve our readers.
A successful candidate will embrace a collaborative environment and work hard to develop talent in the newsroom.

The editor should have the drive to deliver best-in-class coverage of a competitive story, often on tight deadlines, as well as the curiosity to ask what worthy stories remain untold.

Strict devotion to accuracy, fairness, and inclusiveness in coverage is a must.
We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths.

If you don’t exactly meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and tell us how your own experiences would equip you for the job.
Responsibilities
Build and manage a team of data journalists.

Pitch story ideas and lead or co-lead cross-team investigative reporting projects.

Oversee the collection, analysis, and publication of data for WhoWhatWhy’s investigative projects.

Work with the editorial staff to discuss, manage, evaluate, and present the use of data in stories and projects.

Determine the needs and possibilities for graphics packages, including daily statistical visualizations and more in-depth reporting features.

Collaborate with writers and creative team to develop and implement effective data visualization for the web and social media.

Work with editors to develop data partnerships and collaborations with outside news outlets.

Partner with the editorial, research, creative team to brainstorm visual/data coverage ideas, and find gaps in current story planning.

Well-versed in the fundamentals of computer programming, data visualization and digital design.
Qualifications
At least five years of data-driven journalism experience.

Experience managing a team with effective leadership skills.

Experience editing graphics packages, including daily statistical visualizations and more in-depth reporting features in collaboration with other editors in dynamic newsroom structures.

Excellent spreadsheet and database skills, including familiarity with SQL.

Familiar with math and statistics needed for sophisticated data analysis.

Advanced proficiency with Python, JavaScript, Google Data Studios, CSS, Excel, and other data analysis and visualization tools Familiarity with our standard Adobe Creative Suite design software Foundational understanding of layout, typography, and UX on all digital platforms.

Ability to work within the content management system to post visual assets.

Ability to turn around assignments on tight deadlines under difficult circumstances.

Ability to work independently and take initiative, knowing how and where to find the story in the data.

Familiarity with journalistic standards and AP style.

Excellent organization, planning, and communication skills.

Portfolio or writing/data samples to share.

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
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