News Applications Developer

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ProPublica is looking for a journalist who can code to join our award-winning news applications team.

The Role

As a news apps developer, you’ll be collaborating with journalists across our newsroom to imagine, report out, design and develop graphics and news apps, like our database of complaints against NYPD officers or maps of how Hawaii is losing its beaches.

What you’ll do here:

  • Design and develop interactive graphics and databases that hold the powerful accountable and have real-world impact.
  • Wrangle data, including FOIAing for it, scraping it, cleaning it, analyzing it and preparing it for publication.
  • Interrogate databases to find trends, patterns and outliers.
  • Collaborate with ProPublica’s journalists on how to best use, visualize and tell stories with data.
  • Work with the best news nerds on the planet on some of the biggest and most innovative projects in investigative and data journalism.

This position is full time with benefits. The team is distributed, so remote applicants anywhere in the U.S. are welcome. For those who prefer working from an office, our headquarters are in New York, and we have editorial offices in Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Berkeley, California.

About You

We’re looking for someone with some of the following skills:

  • Experience designing and developing interactive graphics or databases from scratch.
  • Journalism experience, either at the local or national level, especially involving stories that shed light on injustices or that cover marginalized communities.
  • Fluency in modern and widely supported front-end programming languages, like HTML/CSS and Javascript, and the libraries that go with them, like D3.js.
  • Experience with back-end technologies like Python/Django or Ruby/Rails.
  • Experience with data, whether it’s collecting hard-to-get data off the internet or cleaning and analyzing data in your tool of choice, such as Python, SQL or R.
  • Ability to spin plates. You may be working on several projects at once. You’ll need to stay organized and focused.
  • The self-discipline to work independently, as well as an eagerness to work with teammates on collaborative projects.
  • A love for details and making things.

Getting the Job

We cannot emphasize this enough: Great projects are the most important part of the application.

The application form will allow you to send us three projects from your portfolio, as well as give you the space to walk us through your contributions to those projects. Take advantage of this to tell us everything you did, from behind-the-scenes wins you’re proud of to how you helped your colleagues.

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. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our 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.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, you can apply using this form. We will accept applications until Friday, Aug. 27.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. Email [email protected] with questions.

No phone calls, please.

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