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Data Reporter

We are seeking a smart, motivated data reporter to join our award-winning data team in New York City.

Working with other reporters, you'll use data to tell stories that hold the powerful accountable.

As a data reporter, you will:

  • Plan and execute quantitative analyses — and interpret results — in support of investigative stories and visualizations
  • Make phone calls, conduct interviews and do on-the-ground reporting
  • Assist fellow reporters with data brainstorming, acquisition, cleaning, integrity-checking and analysis
  • Bulletproof and spot-check data work done by other journalists on the team and in the newsroom
  • Wrangle data, including FOIA'ing for it, scraping it, cleaning it, analyzing it and preparing it for publication
  • Teach and encourage best practices and newsroom data policies

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working on data projects in a newsroom or experience doing statistical or data-scientific analysis, either in academia or in another research setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, solid editorial judgment and the ability to write quickly and cleanly
  • A solid understanding of the tools of data analysis, such as database management systems (SQL Server or PostgreSQL), statistics software (R), Microsoft Excel, etc.

A bachelor's degree is required. A degree in journalism or a quantitative field is a plus.

This position is full-time with benefits and you'll be based in our office in Manhattan. We are not considering remote applicants for this position. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

We know there are great candidates who won't fit everything we've described above, or who have important skills we haven't thought of. When in doubt, apply. There's a place on the application for you to tell us more.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

You can apply using this form. The deadline is April 29. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 2.

Have questions? Email ryann.jones@propublica.org.

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