• Sr. Journalist - Dataviz

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 1 week ago(9/11/2019 11:41 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Editorial - Reporters
    Position Type
  • Overview

    The Chicago Tribune data visualization team is looking for a senior journalist. We are Chicagoland’s Dominant news organization, a fast-moving and vital place to do journalism.


    We are focused on using data to tell the most important Chicago stories. Our group reports, analyzes, conceptualizes and builds news applications, maps, charts and diagrams. We study our users and develop stories that fit our newsroom’s mission to stand up for the community, share the Chicago experience and help people navigate their daily lives. We play a dual role, developing stories of our own, but also supporting the best stories from the newsroom. Our work spans data analysis that feeds reporting to overall digital story design.


    You’ll work with our versatile visuals team to use and develop new story forms and tools.  The ideal candidate has a combination of visual creativity, developer experience and news instinct.



    Skills and requirements


    • We are looking for a senior-level programmer and journalist with at least five years of experience.
    • Most of our utility libraries, data processing pipelines, publishing tools and web applications are written in Python, so familiarity with that is important. If you’re more fluent in another multi-paradigm language such as Ruby or R, that’s ok too, but you should be willing to pick up Python. Familiarity with Python web frameworks such     as Django or Flask is very valued.
    • On the frontend, you should be strong in writing semantic HTML5, CSS3 and have a deep knowledge of JavaScript. You should be familiar with the libraries we use for visualization such as d3 and Leaflet. You should also be comfortable with utility libraries such as jQuery and Underscore but be able to write code using pure JavaScript. Familiarity with JavaScript application frameworks such as Node, Backbone or React is a huge plus.
    • Fluency to help manage DevOps and newsapp workflows
    • We are looking for an open-source mindset based on a philosophy of creating reusable components and clear documentation. We are not looking to only tell great stories but also to make tools that can be used by more and more of our journalists.


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