Data Editor

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date Posted November 17, 2022
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The newly launched Logan Center for Investigative Reporting at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication is seeking Data Editor to empower some of the Center’s most ambitious work. The Data Editor will be part of the core editorial team, and will have a significant role in finding, developing, and reporting the Center’s revelatory enterprise and investigative stories. Launched last year with a $1.2 million funding grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Center will report exclusively on the issues facing Philadelphia and other large American cities, including gun violence, economic inequality, education, and health disparities, crumbling infrastructure and eroding trust in institutions.

The Data Editor will lead the Data Desk, a “teaching hospital” of sorts for student journalists interested in data and investigative reporting. will be responsible for obtaining and analyzing government and commercially available data and contributing reporting and analysis. The key to building this talent pipeline will be building and maintaining partnerships with professional media organizations, especially in and around Philadelphia. For example, Klein currently has a partnership with LNP Media in Lancaster, PA, helping them build a data journalism program modeled after Data Desk. The Data Editor, in collaboration with Journalism faculty, will help maintain this and other partnerships by building a pipeline of talented student journalists ready for the job market. Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a grant-funded position.

This is a hybrid position (on-campus and remote). 

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ experience with some reporting and editing experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Must have solid data analysis and research skills, as well as reporting and editing experience. 
*Proficiency with common spreadsheet management along with, database management experience. 
*Excellent collaboration skills, along with the ability to work under and meet deadlines. 
*Excellent oral and written communication skills.
*Strong attention to detail.
*Ability to interact and work closely with students and colleagues.
*Expert-level technical skills with at least one core tool of data journalism: spreadsheets, databases and/or a language like R.
*Familiarity with provisioning, launching and scaling servers in at least one cloud-based environment (AWS, Google Cloud, etc).
*Familiarity with digital content management systems and other news production tools.
*Familiarity with a range of news tools currently in use by news organizations.

*Experience managing and leading teams and budgets.

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Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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