The Miami Herald / el Nuevo Herald is seeking a smart, motivated reporter who is passionate about using data to tell stories that hold the powerful accountable. You’ll work with a team of reporters, editors and visual journalists in one of America’s best local newsrooms, producing deeply reported, audience-focused enterprise and incorporating data reporting into our daily coverage of South Florida, one of the most dynamic and diverse areas of the country. You’ll be part of a larger team of data reporters across McClatchy who often work collaboratively, sharing best practices and solving data acquisition or other issues.
We’re looking for someone who is committed to journalism that makes a difference and who understands that we can’t have impact without readership. You’ll join a newsroom that uses audience data to help inform our approach and that moves quickly to experiment, iterate and adjust as the news environment dictates.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As a data reporter, you will:
-- Wrangle data, including filing public records and FOIAs, and scrape, clean, analyze and prepare it for publication.
-- Assist other reporters with data brainstorming, acquisition, cleaning and analysis for projects.
-- Bulletproof and spot-check data work done by other journalists on the team and in the newsroom.
-- Develop your own accountability stories by combining data work, interviewing and on-the-ground reporting with excellent storytelling.
-- Execute statistical analyses and interpret the results.
-- Teach and encourage best practices and newsroom data policies.
Education: College degree required.
Experience and skills needed:
-- At least two years of writing/data experience in a news organization
-- Experience working in a newsroom, and a motivated, collaborative work style.
-- Solid editorial judgment and the ability to write quickly and cleanly on deadline
-- Skill in the tools of data journalism, such as database management systems (SQL Server or PostgreSQL), statistics software (R, SPSS), Microsoft Excel, etc.
-- The ability to code in multiple languages, particularly Python.
-- Experience with best practices in data journalism, including proper reproducibility methods and experience in gathering information from Freedom of Information and public records requests.
-- Familiarity with standard readership metrics and an eagerness to use them to ensure that your work reaches the intended audience
-- Team player who works collaboratively across multimedia newsrooms.
-- Ability to work in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
Energy, flexibility, and motivation to crush the competition. The ability to monitor a vast amount of information for a wide audience, matched with discerning judgment about what to pursue. Excellent communication and problem-solving skills are required as well as the ability to execute both quickly and well, with creativity. A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company is a necessity.
To apply, provide:
-- Cover letter: Share anecdotes that illustrate why you’re the best candidate for this job
-- Work product: Examples of creative solutions and workarounds, especially within the constraints of a CMS and standard article templates
-- Teamwork: The role you’ve played on a collaborative team project
Physical activity requirements:
Requires ability to move from one location to another, sitting, standing, bending, talking, hearing, use of near, mid-range and far vision, and making visual accommodations.
Uses a computer, which may require prolonged keyboarding and use of the mouse.
Lifting of report/computer printouts may be necessary – up to 20 lbs.
Ground or air travel may be necessary.