Graphics Reporter

McLean, VA, USA ● Virtual Req #22495
Thursday, April 7, 2022
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Do you enjoy tracking the latest news topics and thinking of ways to tell those stories visually?
 

Do you check sources to see what data they used and make your own analyses?
 

Do you enjoy working with a dedicated and good-natured team?
 

Get in touch!
 
USA TODAY Graphics is searching for a Graphics Reporter to join their two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning team. 

 

A successful visual story starts with a great idea that is borne out through extensive reporting, strong use of data, and smart writing. We are searching for someone who can provide these important foundational elements along with critical thinking and an understanding of how their research and reporting might translate into animations, maps, diagrams, charts and interactive experiences.
 

The Graphics Reporter, in concert with other members of the team, will inform audiences with easily understood, visually interesting, and accurate work. You will work alongside a close-knit and dedicated crew of talented visual journalists telling stories that matter to readers, using the web as their medium. Your work will include a variety of subjects and storytelling techniques: breaking news, visual investigations, explanatory graphics, data visualizations, and ambitious projects. Your work will help inform people all over the world. It may even save some lives.
 

The ideal candidate will excel at narrative storytelling and reporting that blends seamlessly with graphics and data. This staffer will be expected to find and evaluate sources of all kinds – from conversations with experts and other sources to complex datasets. You should be skilled at reporting, synthesizing information quickly, and willing to create visual elements with design software or code. More importantly, you should have the ability to research and write for visual stories. 
 

We often work on our own stories, but we also love working with partners at USA TODAY and the hundreds of local newsrooms in our network. You will have the space to dig into the stories you care about most, and a collaborative team to help you rise to your full potential. We love it when people bring their unique interests into our work, whether it be astronomy, sports, stocks, video games, wildlife, or anything else that makes you happy.

We think this is one of the best teams in journalism. We take our mission and culture seriously but we have a lot of fun. We truly enjoy our jobs, respect each other, and maintain a strong core of people who have been working together for years — a rarity in an industry that can feel like a game of musical chairs.
 

Keep in mind that this position requires the ability to work collaboratively and independently in a sometimes hectic and changing newsroom environment. It also requires navigating multiple changing platforms. A sense of humor can't hurt.

We are looking for the right person, not a set of abilities. If you think you would be a good fit, we encourage you to apply even if you do not have all the skills listed.
 

Here's a selection of our work from the past couple years:
 

2021: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/graphics/2021/11/26/year-review-2021-usa-today/6360644001/ 
 

2021: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/12/15/2020-look-year-usa-todays-graphics/6475734002/ 
 

Check out our Twitter account for even more: https://twitter.com/usatgraphics   
 

Responsibilities: 

 

  • Pitch your own story ideas.
  • Monitor world news as well as evolving industry concepts and methods.
  • Report stories, gather data, synthesize information, and coordinate with other members of the team to design and develop visual stories.
  • Concise, conversational writing around visuals created by you or other members of the team.

 

Requirements:  

 

  • Ability to quickly originate and communicate ideas, translating data and reporting into concise writing for visual stories.
  • Ability to report, research, evaluate and synthesize information quickly and accurately.
  • Passion for the intersection of news, data, technology, and design.
  • Excellent collaboration and communications skills.

 

Helpful, but not required:  

 

  • Visual skills (e.g., motion graphics, illustration, interaction design, 3D modeling.)
  • Experience with data analysis languages/methods (e.g., Python, R, and QGIS.)
  • Experience with open-source intelligence, spatial analysis, and other investigative approaches.
  • Experience with visualization software and libraries (e.g., Mapbox, D3, three.js.)
  • Experience with database technologies (e.g., SQL, Postgres, Neo4J.)
  • Experience collaborating across departments including social, visual, and/or graphics teams.

 

Application Instructions: 
 

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

 

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Portfolio/clips/links to a few samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

 

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

 

Click the link below and make an account with Dayforce, the software we use to manage applications. 
 

Please feel free to contact us via email (graphics at usatoday) or on Twitter if you have any questions!

 

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