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Data Journalist, Guns & America (14749)

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Date: Jul 7, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University


The Guns & America Project, a public media reporting collaboration led by WAMU, is searching for a data journalist to join an innovative national project on the role of guns in American life.


We’re looking for a passionate journalist and visual storyteller who enjoys developing his/her own stories as well as coaching others to deliver stronger, more visually engaging, data-driven stories. The Data Journalist will gather their own data on a wide variety of stories related to guns and develop it into compelling, highly sharable stories – from quick-hitting posts that live on social media to in-depth exploratory pieces. They will also work across our national team of reporting fellows, and the in-house editorial team, to raise the visual caliber of our stories. Our ideal candidate brings a variety of visual skills, ranging from basic data journalism and infographics, to illustration and advanced graphic design.


There will be a single data journalist on the guns project, so he/she will need to be nimble enough to report, design, and coach others on data journalism—but will work on a highly creative editorial team committed to collaboration, experimentation, and personal and professional development. 


Come build something special and create important journalism on one of this country’s most entrenched issues. As part of American University, we offer a competitive benefits package including tuition remission and two-for-one retirement matching. Our new offices are one block from the Van Ness Metro on the Red Line and feature amazing views over Rock Creek Park.


This position is grant-funded for a term of 24 months (two-years). Continuation of funding is contingent upon external funding.

Work Environment

  • The Data Journalist reports to the Digital Managing Editor of the Guns Project
  • The Data Journalist is a key member of the team leading a collaborative reporting project on the role of guns in American life. The project consists of a national editorial team here in Washington, D.C., and a network of reporting fellows working at 10 public media stations around the country
  • The Data Journalist should be excited about the potential for innovative reporting on a difficult issue and about building a strong and ambitious future for public media journalism

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Exempt
  • Project Leader/Advisor B

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, digital media, or a related field
  • 3+ years’ experience producing data-driven journalism, with a strong portfolio of innovative, original projects that demonstrate the capacity to effectively tell data-driven stories on multiple platforms
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with content management systems and web production, with well-honed instincts for what makes content visually compelling and sharable
  • Passion for journalism that fulfills audience needs, integrates audience response, and prioritizes audience engagement
  • Demonstrated success with visual platforms, such as Photoshop, Tableau, or others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of public radio journalism
  • Interest in working in a startup-like atmosphere, building a new project alongside a small team

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in journalism, digital media, or a related field
  • Experience coaching and mentoring broadcast or print reporters in best practices for digital journalism
  • Expertise in photography, videography, graphic design, and/or illustration

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check


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