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Spotlight- News Developer

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #292
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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Newsroom Developer


Summary: We are seeking a Newsroom Developer to join our team at Spotlight PA, an award-winning independent newsroom covering Pennsylvania’s Capitol and urgent statewide issues. The mission of Spotlight PA is simple: to hold powerful private and public forces to account by producing journalism that gets results and serves the public good. Spotlight PA has the largest collaborative local journalism network of its kind in the United States, with stories shared across more than 90 partner newsrooms, allowing our journalism to reach Pennsylvanians in all corners. The newsroom is supported by grants and donations from individual and institutional donors who believe in the value of the work and want to sustain it. 


With initial grant funding for one year, we are launching the Democracy Initiative, a novel, nonpartisan project to equip and empower Pennsylvanians to engage with their government, elections, and the voting process. The Democracy Initiative seeks to enhance our growing portfolio of voter-centric election resources, training, events, and general service journalism, and to oversee new and creative ways to connect those resources with communities across the state. A particular focus of the initiative is expanding Spotlight PA’s reach and value among people who do not normally engage with traditional media or who have felt left out or misrepresented by conventional election and government coverage. The purpose of the initiative is to enhance engagement with our democracy, a cornerstone of its preservation, and showcase the direct value Spotlight PA can provide to communities beyond the written word.


What you’ll do: As Pennsylvania approaches the critical November election and looks toward the presidential election in 2024, the Newsroom Developer will work closely with the editorial team to develop new products and tools to connect new or existing audiences with voting resources. 


  • Overseeing the expansion of Spotlight PA’s to-be-launched Election Center to include more evergreen resources, tools, data, and
    information to assist people in engaging with the state government, accessing resources, understanding candidates and processes, and holding
    officials to account. In addition to on-site work, this might also include making elements embeddable for partners.

  • Work with the editorial team to identify new/emerging areas where Spotlight PA can serve as a direct resource to the public, and develop
    innovative tools and storytelling techniques to fill the void.



  • Wrangling data, including scraping, cleaning, and analyzing, and creating graphics with tools or with your own code


Who We are Looking For:


  • Experience and usage in front-end web development

  • A high level of proficiency in HTML/CSS and Javascript, and knowledge of libraries such as D3.js.

  • Recognition of the value of data-driven watchdog journalism and background in journalism a plus

  • Interest in the challenge of presenting that data in compelling ways that engage readers Mobile-first thinking that is responsive and accessible

  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing interactive graphics from scratch

  • Experience with creating news apps with Django, Flask, React, or other tools

  • In-depth knowledge of mapping tools such as QGIS, Mapbox, Leaflet.js, etc.

  • The ability to do deep data analysis with tools such as Python, Javascript, Excel 

  • Knowledge of Adobe tools such as Illustrator, Photoshop, or Premiere to edit assets


The Philadelphia Inquirer is committed to attracting a diverse group of interested people to join our team, so please err on the side of applying even if you’re unsure if you meet all the qualifications. We encourage anyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it.


As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is building an inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We especially encourage people from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities.


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Philadelphia, PA, USA