News Designers

Washington, DC
Jan 04, 2023
Apr 02, 2023
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 two news designers to be based in our Washington headquarters.

The News Design department is a team of visual journalists elevating The Washington Post's content across platforms through innovative storytelling that informs and captivates our readers. As a designer at The Post, you will create visual packages and presentations across platforms, including, mobile apps, newsletters, a printed newspaper and social media.

Qualified candidates have an eye for identifying the right visual to tell stories through typography, color and tone. You should 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 organized in delivering refined, impactful designs in a fast-paced environment.

These positions will require occasional night and weekend work.

  • Handle interactive design and large-scale breaking news for print and other platforms; or news development support for newsroom and Design and Graphics departments to troubleshoot, bug bash and improve our stability of storytelling while also building reusable tools.
  • Brainstorm ideas and build enhanced storytelling presentations through strong collaborative relationships with various departments across the newsroom.
  • Create engaging, content-driven designs 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.

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 ourjobs 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 01/23/2023 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Creative Director Greg Manifold.

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.

Ever wondered if what you are doing will Impact Tomorrow? At The Washington Post, every employee shapes the way we deliver the news. Find the career that's right for you


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