Newsroom Designer

San Francisco, CA
Aug 08, 2022
Oct 21, 2022
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

We are looking for a designer to join the News Design team to focus on elevating content for our Help Desk team, which helps Washington Post readers take control of the technology in their lives. The Post's News Design team is a group of visual journalists working across platforms using innovative storytelling that informs and captivates our readers. As a designer at The Post, you will create visual packages and presentations across surfaces, including newsletters,, mobile apps, a printed newspaper and social media.

The right candidate for this role has an eye for identifying the right visual to tell stories through typography, color and tone. You have an aptitude for problem-solving, simplifying and communicating complex visual storytelling challenges. You are interested in designing across various platforms and want to influence the visual identity of The Post. You are energized by working on multiple short- and long-term projects and can deliver refined, impactful designs in a fast-paced environment.

This role is based in our San Francisco office, reporting to a design editor in D.C., and may require night and weekend work.


• Brainstorm ideas and build enhanced storytelling presentations through strong collaborative relationships with departments across the newsroom

• Create engaging, content-driven designs and/or illustrations that are smart, risk-taking and reader-centric

• Deliver creative presentations on tight deadlines by guiding the storytelling in all phases from concept to launch, reviewing work for errors and incorporating feedback

• Create graphics in support of a regular Help Desk newsletter

Key qualifications

• A portfolio of completed work that demonstrates aesthetic skills and showcases creative design thinking, initiative and curiosity

• A collaborative spirit and the ability to build strong relationships

• A passion for storytelling through strong planning, communication, writing and analytical skills

• An established record of delivering work under tight deadlines

• Experience using design and layout tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

The following qualifications are a plus but not required:

• Experience designing content for digital experiences or interactive applications

• Experience with art direction, animation, creating original artwork and/or maintaining a unified visual brand

• Experience using storyboard and sketch software such as Figma and Adobe XD

• Experience working with HTML, CSS or JavaScript and with a major web framework (React/Svelte/Angular/Vue)

Those interested should upload a cover letter, résumé and portfolio highlighting three projects to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 08/25/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Creative Director Greg Manifold.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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