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Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: US

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.


The most compelling breaking news coverage incorporates enough context to help news consumers make sense of it all. When a bridge collapses, audiences should understand how vital it had been to the area’s travel patterns; when a hurricane strikes, they should know how it relates to other storms in recent history.


Good preparation makes all the difference in how we cover these stories, and we’re looking for someone who can turn that into an area of expertise and a point of pride.


The Associated Press is seeking a data journalist with strong analytical and technical skills and a collaborative spirit. In this role, you would be gathering data and documents and finding the best ways to help other AP journalists incorporate those materials into their reporting. You also would identify some of the most useful and compelling information to share with other news organizations and with the general public. The successful candidate will join AP’s data journalism team and can be based in any U.S. city with an AP office.


A little about the data team: We are a team of enterprising data journalists distributed across the U.S. doing data analysis and application development. Together we work on a variety of data-rich news projects:


  • Building engaging visualizations that help readers understand the most important stories of the day.
  • Drilling into large data and document sets for AP enterprise stories and investigations.
  • Building newsroom tools that help us uncover the story and create visual journalism at the speed of news.
  • Scraping data and executing quick-turn analysis for breaking news stories.


We work with reporters and editors throughout AP and around the globe. Our work contributes to nearly every beat AP covers, including environmental, race and ethnicity, business, health and political reporting. We share the data behind our stories with members and customers who do their own local projects to tell the right stories for their audiences, multiplying the impact of our work for communities around the country.


All of this brings us to you:


We're looking for someone with strong data analysis and reporting skills, with a track record of developing strong story ideas from data. You should have experience acquiring, vetting and cleaning government data. You should be familiar with version control systems (preferably Git), and you should be at home with SQL in an open source relational database management system such as PostgreSQL, MySQL or SQLite. Experience doing statistical computing using R, Python or another scripting language is essential, but we're more interested in how you solve problems than in the syntax you've used to solve them.


You have a commitment to doing something important with your technical skills. But you want to do work that goes beyond the code itself: You want to provide context, clarity and options to people throughout AP’s global newsroom.


You are a problem-solver. You keep an eye on new technologies and enjoy developing creative solutions, even under tight deadlines.


You want to be part of a team. You can collaborate and communicate with people of varying technical levels. You take your technical skills seriously but understand that there is always more to know, and you expect to learn from your teammates in addition to sharing what you know. You are looking for a team environment that involves consistent communication and pair coding. You enjoy sharing ideas with people from diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise and experience.


And the one absolute requirement is intellectual curiosity: if you are a lifetime learner and a willing teacher, if picking up a new technology is your idea of fun, and if you are not afraid to throw yourself into research to become the instant in-house expert on a topic, then you are our kind of candidate.


We will consider strong candidates who do not meet every listed qualification. You may use a cover letter to describe the unique qualifications you would bring to this role.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • All applicants must be able to work in the U.S. or be able to gain permission to do so.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language in addition to English is a plus.
  • The ability and willingness to work at night and on weekends as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.
  • The anticipated salary range for this position is $65,289 - $94,280 contingent on experience and other job-related factors.  Employees are eligible to participate, according to the terms of the official plan documents, in a 401(k) plan, employer-sponsored health insurance plan, and are eligible for paid time off and holidays in accordance with AP policy.


Application deadline is December 21, 2022 11:59 p.m. (ET)




AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

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