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News Apps Developers for Politics (Contract)

ProPublica is seeking journalist-developers to work on enhancing our interactive databases (we call them “news applications”) that cover elections, including Election DataBot and Represent. These are contract, time-limited positions that begin immediately.

You will work with some the best news nerds on the planet on one of the biggest and most innovative projects in investigative and data journalism.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Some combination of design talent, coding acumen and a journalist’s insight. The ideal candidates will have demonstrated excellence in at least two of these areas.
  • Attention to detail and a love for making things.
  • The self-discipline to work independently, as well as an eagerness to be a team player and work with teammates on collaborative projects.
  • Fluency in a modern and widely supported programming language.

Our current stack uses Ruby, Python and Javascript. We are especially interested in candidates with experience in data visualization, working with political and campaign data, and scraping or parsing semi-structured information.

We also know that great candidates can bring skills to ProPublica that we haven’t thought of, and who won’t fit everything we’ve described above. If this is you, don’t hesitate to apply, and tell us what unique contributions you can offer. We’re especially fascinated by the civic hacker community and know from experience that their skills are transferable to journalism.

You can apply using this form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The last day to apply is June 17. Our newsroom is in New York but remote candidates are welcome. This position is full-time with benefits. Candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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.

Have questions? Email [email protected].

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