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Company: Newsday
News Application Developer --
New York
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
March 18, 2013
Job ID: 1469370

Description: has an opening for a news application developer, working primarily out of our NYC office. This position is responsible for building public-facing web applications as part of regular news coverage for daily and long-term projects generated from an award-winning newsroom. Experience in back end and front end web development is required, and newsroom experience is a plus.


Based mostly in Manhattan, the job primarily supports the news coverage of Newsday's Long Island and Westchester markets, as well as our sister News12 and amNewYork operations.


The developer is involved from project conception to completion. In this role the successful candidate will build both the application's back end and front end as well as liaison with the web design team that provides wireframes, mockups, HTML/CSS and light Javascript. This position also works closely with the producers and editors that provide the content such as headlines, images, text and video. Good interpersonal skills and flexibility is required and a sense of humor appreciated as you will be working with several different departments, often under deadline pressure.


This position is part of a team of two news app developers that report to the Data Editor. This team of three is part of the larger web/content staff that focuses its efforts on news coverage and interactive storytelling, while working closely with a separate team of technical staff consisting of web designers and developers that focus on site building and site redesigns.


The development process typically follows these steps:  Brainstorm, basic/detailed requirements, wireframes/mock-ups, prototype, back-end development, front-end development, project testing/reviews, deployment, maintenance. The right candidate will be involved in all these steps.


The ideal candidate will:

-Have a bachelors' degree in computer science, journalism or a related field with 3-5 years experience working as a web app developer for a large media company;

-Be well-versed in a full-stack of technologies and concepts such as: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, Linux, CSS, Version-control, MVC, DRY, and third party API's including Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter;

-Have experience working in a newsroom and be comfortable producing in a fast-paced environment;

-Have working knowledge of web database trends, computer assisted reporting and web programming;

-Display strong communication skills and be adept at collaborating with non-technical coworkers;

-Have project management skills and be able to respond to changing priorities, with a commitment to getting the job done and the ability to work around unexpected hurdles;

-Be willing to work various shifts as needed such as nights and weekends, as well as being on call in the event of breaking news;

-Have experience managing, maintaining and extending a CMS.


While the work load is ambitious and the environment is at times fast-paced, the staff is friendly, professional and works hard to support our employee's professional goals and aspirations. At times we may ask you to put in time during an evening or weekend (perhaps in the event of breaking news or looming deadlines), but we aim to be fair and issue comp days and work-from-home days as is appropriate. We also (as is appropriate) send our employees to get training and to relevant industry conferences with the goal of keeping our employee's skills sharp and up-to-date with the latest standards and trends.


Provided equipment typically includes a MacBook Pro, an additional large display, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and may vary as job duties and the latest technologies evolve.


Perks include:

-Competitive compensation package

-Paid time off including vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays

-Medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance

-401(k) including matching contribution up to 6%

-Training opportunities

-Free cable (in Cablevision areas only)

-Pre-tax transit program via WageWorks

-Discount tickets to sporting events, Broadway shows, ski resorts, movie theaters and more

-Corporate discounts from wireless service (Sprint/Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile), to online merchants (Apple/Sony/Panasonic), new cars (GM/Ford/Mercedes) and muffins (15% discount from 1-800-Muffins and other discounts from many, many more retailers).


If you are interested in applying, e-mail your resume and work samples to and let us know which of our data-driven applications you like the best, and which you would have done completely differently (hint: is a good place to start).


Newsday Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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