Senior Data Reporter
USA TODAY Network is looking for a senior Data Reporter with a track record of using data in innovative ways to drive investigative and enterprise work and to tell stories in non-traditional forms.This position will focus especially on stories of inequality and social justice, drawing deeply on the census and other sources of data that can drive our investigations across a number of areas, from policing to education to health care to the economy.
We are looking for a data expert who is a reporter at heart, who relishes discovering new and creative approaches to obtain, create, edit, analyze and otherwise use data to tell stories, right wrongs and provide insights that surprise and empower readers.
We want a creative thinker who sees data analysis not as an end to itself, but as a tool to answer interesting and important questions. You would be working on USA TODAY Network’s most ambitious investigative work as well as with reporters from across the USA TODAY newsroom – and across Gannett newspapers nationwide – to drive a variety of short and long-term enterprise.
You will need to execute the technical work of harnessing the power of data. But just as importantly, you will need to be able to “interview” the data, draw conclusions, and help test those conclusions through traditional reporting methods. We want data reporters who are as comfortable talking to people as they are with cleaning a messy CSV file. We want people as comfortable with teamwork as they are at offering strategies to bring their own great ideas to fruition.
USAT data reporters mine a wide range of data sources. This position primarily will fuel storytelling on discrimination in all its forms and racial and social injustice. It will employ data on economics, history, geography and social characteristics to identify systemic bias and point to solutions.
You will work with the largest team of journalists in the U.S., with the nation as your subject, coordinating high-impact data projects not just at USA TODAY, but in collaboration with data wranglers and investigative reporters across our powerful network of more than 200 local affiliates. Our Data & Investigations team is based across the country. This position can be based at our headquarters in McLean, VA, one of our local newsrooms or remotely under the right circumstances.
Obtain and analyze government and commercially available data to break revelatory enterprise and investigative stories for use nationally and locally, across the USA TODAY NETWORK. Collaborate with, lead and inspire journalists nationwide to build exclusive, custom data sets.
Collaborate with data visualization and digital storytelling experts to turn data into the best storytelling formats – whether graphics, data stories, interactives or some medium we’ve never seen before or even dreamed up.
Help generate ideas for data-driven stories and visualizations. Work with other journalists and developers to drive innovation stories and capitalize on alternative story forms.
Report and write or produce original enterprise and investigative stories in various formats, on your own and as part of a team of journalists.
Use your keen sense of where to find existing data, and relentlessly negotiate for data that’s not easy to get. You should be able to think creatively, and fast, about building data sets from inconsistent records across many jurisdictions and help others do so.
At least five years of experience as a reporter for a daily news media organization, including a proven track record of collaboration on major enterprise or data projects.
Demonstrable experience obtaining and analyzing data to drive investigative stories, and using that data to tell stories and/or empower readers.
Expert level Excel, database, GIS and SQL skills are a minimum. You should be comfortable with statistics, work with a variety of data cleaning tools and have some mapping skills.
Experience with data scraping, web development or analytical tools such as Pandas, R, and Jupyter notebooks is desirable.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent, plus newsroom data analysis experience that has resulted in repeated, high-quality investigative stories that stand out.
- Job Family News
- Job Function Consumer
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- McLean, VA, USA