Newsperson/Data Journalist - Associated Press

Journalist12/11/201518/11/2015Associated PressNew York City, New York, United StatesData SkillsSQLPostgreSQLMySQLSQLiteCodingRPythonGitStrong data analysis and reporting skills with a track record of developing strong story ideas from data. Must be comfortable working with SQL in an open source relational database manager such as Postgres, MySQL or SQLite. Experience doing statistical computing using R, Python or another scripting language.Familiarity with revision control systems, preferably Git. Experience acquiring, vetting and cleaning government data. Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required. Proficiency in another language is a plus. Authorization to work in the United States for any employer is mandatory.The Associated Press is seeking a Newsperson/Data Journalist who combines keen analytical skill, solid coding chops, strong news judgment and a passion for storytelling. Location is flexible: the position can be based in any of our domestic bureaus. We’re looking for someone who wants to collaborate, both with other data journalists on the team and with reporters and editors around the AP, to help us advance our journalism using digital tools and technical skills. We are a small team of enterprising developer-journalists distributed across the U.S., and together we work on a variety of data-rich news projects – from drilling into data sets for AP investigations, to developing engaging news apps for big stories such as the U.S. elections, to building newsroom tools that enhance our beat and breaking-news reporting. We are seeking new ways to tell stories, both in words and in pixels, and our data journalists work closely with graphic artists, designers, video journalists, text reporters and editors to find the story in the data and bring it to life across platforms. One of the key responsibilities for this position will be to prepare the data sets behind our national stories for distribution to our members and customers and to help them discover their own local stories in the data. As a result, the ability to communicate clearly about the methods we use and the viability of different analytical approaches is vital. The ideal candidate will have experience with data acquisition, management and analysis, as well as basic visualization techniques for data exploration. We strive to make all of our work easily replicable, so you’ll need to be proficient in a scripting language and be ready to help us build out our pipeline for data analysis. If you have experimented with advanced statistical and machine learning techniques, we will want to hear about that, too. Most importantly we’re looking for someone who wants to be part of a team, who can collaborate and communicate with people of varying technical levels. And the one absolute requirement is intellectual curiosity: if you like to pick up new technologies for fun and aren’t afraid to throw yourself into research to become the instant in-house expert on a topic, then you’re our kind of candidate.Apply