Saturday, January 04, 2014

We're hiring a news apps developer

5/17/2914 UPDATE: We are still seeking this position.

We're formalizing our news and data interactives work at the Statesman and we are looking for a developer to join Rob Villalpando and I to form a new News Interactives Team (or some other snazzy name we think up.) Rob has been doing some great work in recent years with news interactives and projects, and I've really enjoyed my work with data-intensive research, analysis and visualizations, but now it's time to "kick it up a notch."

I’m calling this a News Applications Specialist, and you can see the job requirements below.

But let me put it another way: If you read this story, and say, “Yep, that’s me” or “I want to make a difference like that,” then you are the kind of person I’m looking for. If you can buy into this philosophy and help us do some of the same type of work they do, then you are a good candidate. If you understand 80% of the the posts on that blog, then you are probably a really good candidate. If you understand it AND were already a regular reader of that blog, then OMG CALL ME!

I’m looking of someone who loves to create and to share what they know and what they learned today. We’ll soak it up. We also have a lot to offer, so you’ll grow and learn, too.

Resumes and cover letters can be sent to me:

Christian McDonald
Data Editor
Austin American-Statesman
cmcdonald@statesman.com

NEWS APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST:

The Statesman is looking for a news applications specialist to join a new data interactive team. This specialist will work with reporters, editors and other team members to design and build interactive graphics, data visualizations and news applications to support journalism ventures. Because existing members come out of a data analysis and interactive graphics background, candidates with strong programming and user interaction skills are strongly preferred.

JOB DUTIES & TASKS:

  • Communicate with both technical and non-technical colleagues to serve as a bridge between content and digital design of applications and visualizations.
  • Work as part of a newsroom team to bring our most important stories to our readers in a compelling way across all our various digital platforms.
  • Develop, code, test and debug news apps for mobile and wired platforms.
  • Share and expand knowledge with other team members, and to learn from the experience of others.
  • Research new technology and best practices and tools and analyze for best fit, usage, stability and performance.
  • Some reporting and contacting sources for data and information.
  • Communicate with both technical and non-technical colleagues to serve as a bridge between content and digital design of applications and visualizations.
  • Work as part of a newsroom team to bring our most important stories to our readers in a compelling way across all our various digital platforms.
  • Develop, code, test and debug news apps for mobile and wired platforms.
  • Share and expand knowledge with other team members, and to learn from the experience of others.
  • Research new technology and best practices and tools and analyze for best fit, usage, stability and performance.
  • Some reporting and contacting sources for data and information.


SKILLS  & EXPERIENCE:

  • Demonstrated ability to turn concepts into user-focused apps
  • Strong design skills and experience in print and/or digital presentation of data
  • Programming skills to develop apps for HTLM5/CSS3/Javascript environment and others that may emerge
  • Familiarity with web API’s and common data visualization libraries.
  • Experience with a server-side scripting language such as PHP, Ruby or Python and with a server-side web development frameworks such as Rails or Django is preferred.
  • Understanding of data structures and database management, and experience with web service development is preferred.
  • Some reporting experience preferred.





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