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Chief Elections Analyst

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Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Washington DC, DC, 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 Associated Press seeks a detail obsessed and data savvy journalist with outstanding technical skills and a robust love for the story of American politics and U.S. elections to become our new chief elections analyst. Reporting to the director of public opinion research, this reporter will be a senior member of AP’s election decision team and will focus their storytelling on explaining the shape of the American electorate and the choices they make when casting a ballot.

  

Responsibilities:

Based in Washington, D.C., you will join a team of political reporters, data scientists and polling experts who make up AP’s decision team – the group of journalists responsible for declaring winners after polls close on Election Day. Your primary mission will be to develop and maintain a deep understanding of voters in America, using all available sources of information – most crucially, AP’s election vote count and AP VoteCast, our survey of the electorate – to tell the story of U.S. elections. That includes calling races as a decision editor, and helping to build the tools required to do so with AP’s commitment to accuracy. Of equal importance will be explaining in rich and robust detail how AP reached its decision to declare a winner, and developing new and innovative ways to tell that piece of the story.

 

Your work will serve a global, digital-first audience, and you will be part of a reporting staff in Washington that jumps on breaking political news and collaborates aggressively across beats and assignments to explain that numbers and the data behind the forces shaping the American electorate. You’re a journalist who relishes finding new ways to explain complex topics so that they can be both easily understood and resonate with diverse audiences around the world, and do so with a team of journalists who work in all media formats – text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.

 

Qualifications:

We’re looking for an excellent reporter and data journalist who revels in exploring and probing complex topics – and then explaining them in clear and compelling ways. You will have a demonstrated interest in American politics and elections, and revel in reporting that gets beyond the horse race to explain the why behind the winners. You’re as comfortable writing code in R and Python as you are writing a news story, and enjoy using the first to complete the second. You’re committed to evidence-based journalism and helping others in the newsroom tell those kind of stories. Applicants should have at least five years of full-time experience as a data journalist or political reporter at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau.

 

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 besides English is a plus. 
  • The ability and willingness at night and on weekends, as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.

 

Application Deadline:  February 5, 2023 @ 11:59 PM 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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