Working across every part of the newsroom, you will use data to uncover exclusive stories, generate insightful analysis and create innovative visuals and interactives. You will work on topics ranging from health to finance to national elections, using your data analysis skills to help correspondents and editors uncover trends and news lines hidden in the data.
You will pitch, research and write your own data pieces, from breaking news stories to features. Your experience in data-driven journalism will mean you can calmly and authoritatively explain complicated statistical concepts and trends to busy reporters and editors, often with very little notice. You will also work with designers to create eye-catching, informative graphics.
The position requires a highly organised, self-starting individual who has both the sharp editorial sense of a seasoned reporter, as well as the deep passion for statistics of a data scientist. You will use your in-depth knowledge of existing datasets and writing skills to pitch and write features and analyses. Using your programming skills, you will clean enormous datasets to be used in lookups, calculators, league tables and other projects.
Most importantly, you will always be thinking of new and exciting ways to present that information, working with our developers and award-winning visual team to come up with news formats befitting of the UK’s News Website of the Year.
As a senior member of the team, you will take the lead on a handful of longer-term projects and work with senior editorial staff to ensure data is at the heart of planning for major diary events. You will use your experience to help train junior members of the team and help journalists across the newsroom improve statistical literacy.
What you will be working on:
Personalising the news: making news relevant to our audience
- Find your ultimate commuter town
- Telegraph’s NHS Data Tracker
- The pay rises you need to beat inflation
Breaking news: using data to uncover stories
- Oxbridge admissions from state schools double in five years
- One in four new Ulez cameras has already been vandalised
- Police solve no thefts at all in most neighbourhoods
Explainer-driven journalism: explaining the news through data
- Why the £7-pint is here to stay
- Rishi Sunak may be in a worse position than John Major – the night in graphs
- How far are house prices in the UK really falling?
- Delivering innovative data-led or interactive-led journalism
- Collaborating closely with editors and desks to understand priorities and develop ideas
- Identifying and analysing key datasets to generate exclusives, as well as creating your own datasets where none exist
- Developing bespoke tools, calculators and lookups that give readers a personalised view of the news
- Identifying opportunities for evergreen pieces such as trackers that offer readers’ insight any time of year
- Working with graphics and design teams to create cutting-edge visuals, interactives and user experiences
- Guiding junior members of the team with best practices and encouraging data literacy across the newsroom
- A proven track record of telling stories with data or interactives in a compelling way
- A solid foundation of work with a data journalism team in a newsroom or similar environment
- Data analysis and visualisation skills, ideally based in a programming language such as Python or R
- An ability to write clear and accurate copy, particularly with regard to explaining financial or statistical concepts
- An understanding of modern development practices, including the use of version control systems such as Git
- Experience working with backend systems, including the use of cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platforms
The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and parental leave (six months fully paid maternity leave and enhanced paternity/partner leave), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Training and development
With support from your manager and colleagues, you will also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.
Our commitment to inclusion
At Telegraph Media Group, we foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. We believe in equality of opportunity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.
We are proud to be a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader as part of the government’s Disability Confident Scheme. If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition and would like support in applying for any of our roles or if you require any reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process, please make us aware.
To find out more about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Telegraph Media Group, and for more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.
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