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Data Reporter

Phoenix, AZ, USA Req #9074
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Data Reporter

The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a smart and driven data reporter.

The ideal candidate is a journalist at heart, but has data know-how to scrape websites, build data visualizations and do cutting edge-storytelling. Applicants should have a track record of using data to drive investigative and enterprise reporting, with a commitment to accuracy and a spirit of collaboration.


Scripting language skills will be valuable in this position. Ideal applicants will know Python, Ruby, or similar language. The specific language is less important than the ability to use it to scrape websites, clean data and do analysis. Applicants should have data analysis skills, in Excel and SQL, or similar programs.


We are looking for someone who understands that data can reveal gaps in opportunity and fundamental wrongs or systemic bias in our midst.


More than anything, we are looking for a proven ability to learn and innovate. The right candidate will have a demonstrated ability to learn new programs and expand their skills. But we are not just looking for someone who knows code. We are looking for a reporter who knows how to use those skills to report and break stories of consequence. A reporter who is as comfortable working sources as they are interviewing a data set to find insights or scraping important data sets off the web. We want someone who loves to FOIA data as much as they like to scrape it, clean it and analyze it. And we are looking for some who can tell great stories and write clearly. 


The position is with The Arizona Republic’s investigative team of top-flight investigative reporters and editors. The Republic won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, which included deep GIS-based reporting and investigation of public records on the deaths of border-crossers. Members of the team have won numerous national awards in the past recent years, and more importantly have done powerful work that has effected change in our community, state and nation. The Republic is part of the USA Today Network, the largest team of journalists in the United States. 


Responsibilities:

  • Independent reporting. You will identify your own stories, analyze data, do the reporting, and write. (This is not solely an analyst job. You'll do your own stories.)
  • Team projects. You collaborate with three other data reporters to build and maintain databases.
  • Cross-newsroom collaboration. You work with other beat reporters on data-driven stories. 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or data-related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven track record of analyzing data, advancing major enterprise and investigative projects, and creating data visualizations.
  • Python, Ruby or similar scripting language.
  • Data analysis, including knowledge of Excel and SQL, or similar programs.
  • GIS programs.
  • Statistical programs.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 6-10 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


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Here's what we have to offer: 


We offer a competitive base salary and career growth opportunities. We also offer you a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, Paid Time Off, Company Paid Holidays, employee discount program and domestic partner benefits. Our 401(k) is topnotch and the contributions you make, up to the first 5% are eligible for a 100% Company match!

Gannett Co., is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Other details

  • Job Family Data Analytics
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Equivalent Experience
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA