Graphics reporter: Opinions

Washington, DC
Dec 16, 2022
Feb 10, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post Opinions department has an immediate opening for two visual journalists with strong front-end developer, multimedia and data visualization skills to join its award-winning visuals team. The ideal candidates are thoughtful journalists who can flourish in a fast-paced environment and bring creativity to a project from its early stages while collaborating to develop a vision for how the experience can be shaped across our many digital platforms.

This job is for you if...
  • 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 want to take advantage of unique approaches to visual storytelling and you enjoy experimenting with narrative forms.
  • You are energized by working on multiple short- and long-term projects and can deliver refined, impactful designs in a fast-paced environment.
  • You work best in teams and thrive in collaborative environments.
  • You have strong journalistic skills, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • You want to help shape how data and digital stories are presented at the Post.
  • You are easygoing and strive to make great work.

  • Conceives and generates powerful visual storytelling.
  • Keeps up with technological changes and continually looks for ways that we can innovate.
  • Brings creativity to projects from conception through publication.
  • Collaborates across teams to help shape pieces across our many digital platforms, including social media.
  • Provides feedback on colleagues' work. This includes charts and maps created by editors and columnists in Datawrapper to ensure that their visual solutions are adequate, accurate and clear.
  • Participates in the daily, weekly and longer range planning for the department.

  • You have three or more years of visual journalism experience, including reporting and designing stories with charts and multimedia or interactive components.
  • You're an expert in using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to elevate our storytelling with meaningful interaction and appealing design.
  • You know how to build interactive data visualizations with D3.js, or have strong digital QGIS and digital cartography skills, or create 3D scenes with Three.js.
  • Knowing how to develop with React.js and Next.js would be a plus. (React is the base of most of our code at The Post.)
  • You possess good knowledge of the technical and UX nuances of digital platforms and best practices for building stories for mobile devices.
  • You have at least one or two other specialties preferred, which might include data visualization, cartography, 3D, animation or illustration.

This position reports to the design director and is not eligible for remote work.

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 Dec. 31 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Design Director, Chris Rukan and Graphics Columnist, Sergio Pecanha.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?