- Data Journalist

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Data Journalist


Data Journalist

• Emerging Level


CBS TEXAS is seeking a Data Journalist to generate content and support the station’s effort to produce unique, in-depth and investigative stories no one else is reporting in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Category Digital Media  Journalist/Reporter  Researcher 
Location Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Aug 28, 2023
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

If you’re an experienced data journalist who is skilled at finding stories that would otherwise be unseen or ignored, we want your help crafting data-driven stories. CBS TEXAS is seeking a Data Journalist to generate content and support the station’s effort to produce unique, in-depth and investigative stories no one else is reporting in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Data Journalist’s primary focus will be acquiring and analyzing data sets to identify and generate original stories of importance and impact in our community. Also, to collaborate with our newsroom on breaking news as well as our top stories, to improve the work of fellow journalists, and to produce unique and compelling data-visualizations and storytelling for all of our platforms. 

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ideate, research and build data-driven stories with steady frequency and impact for the newscasts, specials, streams, websites and apps.
  • Acquire, analyze and visualize data sets for on-air and online reporting, including summarizing findings, writing narratives, and crafting graphic elements and interactives.
  • Perform extensive, accurate and efficient computer-assisted analysis using current software, techniques and statistical tools.
  • Understand, interpret and simplify complicated information, and collaborate with journalists to produce impactful reporting and storytelling.
  • Collaborate with and support the work of reporters, producers, graphic designers and website developers to bring stories to publication.
  • Advise others and lead editorially on data projects as well as guide the data work of colleagues as needed.
  • Efficiently enhance newsgathering and investigative tactics to gather information and story elements, such as developing relationships, encouraging sources, strategically landing interviews, and navigating open records laws.
  • Solicit and vet tips and story ideas to identify and prioritize original, timely and topical data-driven stories with broad value to the audience.
  • Urgently develop and implement data-driven angles to elevate breaking news and top story coverage.
  • Work closely with management, journalists and legal counsel in creating accurate, well-documented, bulletproof content.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with respect and candor, and maintain highly collaborative, productive working environments and relationships with management and news personnel. Represent company professionally at all times in public interactions.
  • Must be willing to work an unpredictable and flexible schedule as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Portfolio required demonstrating visualization and integration of data, combined with compelling, creative writing and design, which results in high-impact, high-caliber storytelling. Experience producing multiplatform content preferred.
  • Data analysis skills required, preferably using Python or R. Basic knowledge of GIS and ability to query SQL databases preferred. Must have skills to assess the reliability of datasets from various sources and clean messy data.
  • CMS skills required, plus experience with platforms such as Datawrapper or Flourish. Ability to create data visualizations using D3 or other charting libraries preferred.
  • Excellent reading, writing, spelling, grammar and organizational skills required.
  • 2+ years’ experience as a data journalist and journalism degree preferred

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day, Evening
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