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Data Reporter / Developer

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #116
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
About The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC
Since 1829, The Philadelphia Inquirer has been “asking on behalf of the people” by providing essential journalism for the diverse communities of the Philadelphia region. The Inquirer, a for-profit public benefit corporation owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute, produces Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that changes lives and leads to lasting reforms. Its multiple brand platforms — including newspapers,, e-Editions, apps, newsletters, and live events — reach a growing audience of more than 10 million people a month. “In a free state, there should always be an inquirer asking on behalf of the people: Why? Why? Why?” — John Norvell, Inquirer co-founder

The Inquirer is creating an interdisciplinary team to produce enterprise journalism that is anchored by data. The three-member team will be responsible for generating stories that use computational methods to illuminate the world around us and contextualize the news.

As a Data Reporter/Developer, you’ll join a new team dedicated to rigorous, data-driven enterprise journalism at the Inquirer. On your own and working collaboratively with others, you’ll produce ambitious journalism that proves its claims and tells new stories in new ways. In addition to reporting and writing stories, you’ll conceive and execute new ways of telling them online.

We are looking for a hybrid reporter and developer with an interest in the start-to-finish production of ambitious, data-driven journalism that proves its claims. 

What You’ll Do

  • You’ll help discover stories, analyze data, report stories, create data visualizations, and produce the stories. 

  • You’ll collaborate constantly with reporters and editors from across the newsroom.

  • As a reporter, you will use computational methods of reporting and have a creative eye for looking at stories from new angles. 

  • When given a large data set, you will know how to extract compelling narratives from within it, and if you have a hunch,
    you know how to get the data to back it up, even if it means site scraping or PDF parsing.

  • You will build interactive tools that use the underlying data to tell a compelling story, with design elements that clarify
    and summarize your analysis. 

  • You will be familiar with data, with a front-end web development background (including design, development, and deployment),
    general back-end knowledge, and experience with a programming language such as R or Python. But you won’t have to do
    everything on your own. You’ll have support from a team of designers, news developers and product engineers.

Who We’re Looking For

  • Ability to generate creative story ideas.

  • Portfolio of data-visualization projects (not necessarily in news publications; corporate work, student projects, and others
    also qualify).

  • Working knowledge of front-end web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).

  • Ability to use d3.js or similar JavaScript libraries to produce dynamic, interactive data visualizations.

  • Ability to clean and analyze data, including programmatically (using R, Python, etc.).

  • Knowledge of how data presentation can illuminate or obfuscate understanding.

  • Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and adapt in a daily, unpredictable news environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to break out of traditional story formats.

  • Ability to programmatically extract structured data from unstructured documents.

  • Programming and data are constantly changing, so we value creativity, open-mindedness, critical thinking, and a willingness to
    learn over expertise in any specific technology. We’re interested in what you’ll be able to do, not just what you currently
    know or have previously done.

Other Things To Know

We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with disabilities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA