Data Journalist

Los Angeles Times, El Segundo, California

Date PostedJanuary 23, 2019
IndustryDigital Media
SpecialtySpecial Projects
Job StatusFull-time

The Los Angeles Times is seeking to hire at least three data journalists to partner with reporters, editors and developers to produce data-driven stories and tools that inform and engage readers interested in California, America’s most populous state.

The journalists will join the Data Desk, a team of computer programmers in The Times newsroom that works to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. Its work has attracted millions of readers, sparked sweeping government reforms and helped win some of journalism’s highest awards. The job will involve constant collaboration with colleagues across the organization.

Strong applicants will show experience rapidly conceiving, developing and deploying news-related applications for the public. HTML and JavaScript experience is expected. Past success built on Python, Django and other database-driven frameworks is a plus. Creativity, open-source enthusiasm and delivery on deadline are prized.

Among the projects to be pursued in 2019:

  • Relaunch our California Cookbook, showcasing the work of our food critics and helping our readers better enjoy dining in Southern California.
  • Revamp our authoritative Mapping LA database and develop applications and interfaces that help readers better understand and explore this diverse region via the U.S. Census.
  • Building off past projects like our Quakebot, automate and analyze data tracking environmental change, natural disasters and extreme weather.

These positions are classified as Journalist Graphics and Data and are included in the Los Angeles Times Guild.

Qualified candidates should send a résumé and work samples to data editor Ben Welsh and deputy managing editor Sewell Chan at

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