Called "One of the best local news sites in the country" by Politico, The Daily Memphian seeks a driven, muckraking data reporter to join our team. Working primarily on our investigative desk, you will use data to tell stories that hold powerful people and entities accountable.
As a data reporter, you will:
Plan and execute quantitative analyses that support investigative stories
Help to visualize data-based reporting
Call people, interview them — report from your desk and on the ground
Pitch your own data-focused reporting and assist other reporters in thinking about how data could enhance their reporting, which data sets might be available to bolster their stories, and then help to acquire, clean, bulletproof and analyze datasets
Check data work by other journalists in the newsroom
Gather data via public records requests and scraping websites, and then clean it, analyze it and prepare it for publication
Mentor best practices and help to establish newsroom data policies
We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Experience working on data projects. Journalists preferred, but academics and researchers are encouraged to apply
Ability to work with a team. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, solid editorial judgment and ability to write clean copy quickly
Strong understanding of database management tools (SQL Server or PostgreSQL), statistics software (R), spreadsheets, etc.
Bachelor’s degree — in journalism or a quantitative field — strongly preferred.
This position is full-time with benefits and based in Memphis, Tenn.
There are undoubtedly skills and professional backgrounds we’ve not considered, so please let us know if you have other skills that might be applicable for this job. If in doubt, please apply.
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.