Data Journalist

Atlanta, Georgia | Permanent | Job ID #45270 |
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Onward Search is hiring an experienced Data Journalist to join our clients small but highly motivated Multimedia and Interactive Features team. You will pitch, report, and build data-driven stories while collaborating with editors, producers, designers, and developers.

This is a journalistic position, we are looking for interest in key news areas, including politics, immigration, criminal justice, health care, economics, and the environment.

While your main responsibility is to take stories from pitch to publication, you will also create supporting data graphics for articles. As part of the multimedia team, you will create work that pushes the boundaries of visual journalism and supports world-class reporting.

This position will work closely with the Design Lead for Editorial Interactive, and report to the Multimedia Editor.

Please send your résumé with a link to your portfolio, as well as a memo about why your experience makes you a good fit for this team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create data visualizations based on your reporting and research

  • Assist other team members with data research for graphics, which includes generating maps

  • Take initial concept from wireframe to publication, while incorporating editorial changes

  • Adhere to the visual-style guide as specified by our Creative Director

  • Research and learn new languages or technologies as needed


  • At least two years of experience reporting and building data visualizations

  • Experience collecting and cleaning data, with regards to best journalistic practices

  • Experience using large amounts of quantitative information in your features

  • Fluency in front-end Web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)

  • Proficiency in standard design software Adobe Creative Suite

  • Experience with:

    • data-visualization libraries, such as D3, Raphaël, Canvas, WebGL, or other rendering or animation libraries

    • Foundational understanding of layout, typography, particularly with regard to mobile web development.

  • Willingness to work occasional nights or weekends, based on story deadlines

  • Fastidious attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills

  • Ability to visualize complex ideas in a clear, accurate, and intelligent manner

  • Proficiency at writing detailed and accessible methodology notes

  • Strong editorial values and appreciation for the history, style, and standards





  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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Onward Search helps connect digital, creative and marketing talent with choice jobs at the nation's most recognized companies and digital agencies. We offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include contract, temp-to-perm, and permanent / executive search placement.

Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V