Technology Data Reporter

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Feb 08, 2021
Closes
Mar 02, 2021
Ref
JR-90271988
Hours
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

The Washington Post technology team is seeking a reporter who can use data and quantitative analysis to uncover the often hidden ways that technology companies shape our lives.

This journalist should recognize that so much of what happens in the world of modern technology is invisible to the user. Through building and analyzing databases, statistical analysis, coding, visualization and traditional reporting, we expect this reporter to break news and offer analytical insights about the online services millions rely on.

A key focus of the role is accountability reporting. This journalist should be prepared to demonstrate a creative approach that could touch on any number of areas, such as inspecting algorithmically generated content for how it might mislead or create bias; scrutinizing social media for patterns of disinformation or suspect behavior; and probing digital trackers and other tools that are used to capture information about ordinary people. The work tempo will range from dailies to longer-term efforts.

Candidates should be experienced data journalists, able to analyze data in spreadsheets and relational databases. Knowledge of Python, R or an equivalent language is a plus, as well as the ability to perform spatial analysis with GIS. Knowledge of statistics or data science is desirable.

While the ability to work with data is critical, this is a reporting and writing position. We are seeking someone who can identify and tell great stories.

A collaborative spirit is essential, since this reporter will be expected to partner routinely with other members of the tech team, as well as write his or her own pieces. This person also will work with members of The Post's new data journalism department, as well as our visual journalism teams.

This position is based in our San Francisco office. Once we resume normal operations, this position will not be eligible for remote work.

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.

Interested candidates should send a resume, three clips as PDFs and a cover letter outlining a vision for the role to our jobs portal by Feb. 22. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. The cover letter should be addressed to Business Editor David Cho, Deputy Business Editor Zachary Goldfarb, Technology Editor Christina Passariello, and Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

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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