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FiveThirtyEight is continuing to build its data visualization and interactive features team, which will employ information design, web programming and other tools to produce groundbreaking data journalism.

The nature of these jobs is more fluid and open-ended than most others at FiveThirtyEight. In fact, we will be especially enthusiastic about candidates with multifaceted skill sets.

However, we would ask that candidates submit their materials in consideration of one of the two job titles described below – Visual Journalist or Computational Journalist. We will identify candidates whose skills and interests potentially bridge the gap between these areas. There are several open positions, which will require a mix of people with different strengths and experience levels. All positions are full-time and are based in New York City.

Visual Journalist 

We are looking for one or more Visual Journalists to design and develop graphics, interactive features and web applications for the site. The Visual Journalists will work on a small team in the FiveThirtyEight newsroom in New York City, using information design and web development to help readers explore and understand the data behind the news.

The ideal candidate will have experience with:
- front-end web technologies including HTML, CSS, and Javascript;
- data visualization libraries like Raphael, D3, processing;
- and mapping tools such as TileMill, QGIS, TopoJSON.

We view these as editorial and journalistic positions. Thus, in addition to their technical and design skills, candidates should also be able to demonstrate interest in several of FiveThirtyEight’s core subject areas — politics, economics, sports, science and lifestyle. They should be excited about pushing the boundaries of online storytelling through databases, maps and visualizations.

To apply, send a resume, links to projects you’ve designed and developed and your GitHub and Twitter accounts to 538JOBS AT GMAIL DOT COM. Please include the phrase VISUAL JOURNALIST in the subject line.

Computational Journalist

FiveThirtyEight is also looking for one or more Computational Journalists to join our data visualization team. Our Computational Journalists will create interactive features, models, and systems that collect, process and present real-time data and predictions about sports, politics, economics, science and lifestyle topics.

We’re looking for candidates with extensive practice building web applications. Candidates should be full-stack programmers, with experience using:
- modern programming languages including Python, Ruby and Javascript
- web frameworks such as Rails, Django or node.js
- relational and document-based data stores like MySQL, Postgres or MongoDB

As is the case for the Visual Journalists, we view these as editorial and journalistic positions. Thus, in addition to their programming and development skills, candidates should be able to demonstrate interest in several of FiveThirtyEight’s core subject areas — politics, economics, sports, science and lifestyle. Candidates with an aptitude for statistics may find the FiveThirtyEight environment especially interesting.

To apply, send a resume, links to projects you’ve designed and developed and your GitHub and Twitter accounts to 538JOBS AT GMAIL DOT COM. Please include the phrase COMPUTATIONAL JOURNALIST in the subject line.

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