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Company: San Antonio Express-News
Position:
Data Editor opening
Location:
Texas
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
September 23, 2013
Job ID: 1521912

Description:

If you want to produce top-notch data journalism at a newspaper that is serious about watchdog reporting, then talk to us at the San Antonio Express-News.

Over the past year, the paper has renewed its focus on meaningful, insightful reporting. We’ve added staff and have refocused on our core mission of holding government and other powerful institutions accountable to the public. In the past year alone, the paper’s reporting has exposed the military's long history of retaliation against victims who report sexual abuse; uncovered a major conflict of interest in the awarding of a $300 million city contract; faulty recordkeeping at the county jail that led to millions of dollars of unnecessary overtime payments to jailers; and the public electric utility’s risky contract that could leave ratepayers holding the bag should a financially shaky solar energy conglomerate go bottoms up. We even delved into the colorful, to say the least, background of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel's family, and beat the competition with our deep dive.

Now, to the job: we’re looking for a Data Editor.
At a minimum, the ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of Microsoft Excel and Structured Query Language (SQL), a good understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) software and a working knowledge of how to visualize data derived from these programs, both in the print newspaper and on our websites (e.g., Google Fusion Tables, Tableau). Knowledge of statistical analysis, HTML/CSS or a scripting language such as Python will be a plus.

But that’s only part of the job.
The Data Editor IS the data team at the Express-News. So, we’re looking for a driven, self-motivated journalist who wants to both assist beat and projects reporters in using data in daily and enterprise coverage while also reporting and writing her or his own data-driven stories. You should be able to conceptualize and execute your own stories. In particular, we want someone who understands how to identify potential stories, acquire relevant data and combine it with old school, shoe leather reporting to produce powerful narratives that uncover larger truths.

The Data Editor will report directly to the Project Editor and be embedded with the projects team. The ideal candidate also must be eager to work with reporters and editors across all desks—from business to features—to craft data-driven stories. Sometimes, these stories will be of an investigative nature. Other times, they will be more general-interest stories. In either case, the data analysis must be absolutely accurate.

Put simply: when an abuse of the public trust occurs, the people of San Antonio rely upon the Express-News to expose it. The Data Editor will be expected to play a role in that effort as crucial as it is unique.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, send a cover letter, résumé and links to your best work to Project Editor David Sheppard at dsheppard@express-news.net.

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