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FT seeks statistical journalist in London

January 16, 2014

Posted by Chris Roush

The editorial statistics team at the Financial Times has a vacancy, initially for a three-month trial period, with a view to a more permanent position.

The correct use of data and statistics is central to the FT’s reporting. The statistics desk works with every part of the editorial department, across all platforms, with increasing emphasis on interactive packages and videos. We are looking for somebody with a background in economics, preferably educated to degree level.

Experience with databases (eg Bloomberg, Datastream, Reuters) would also be desirable, although training will be provided.

In addition the applicant would need:

  • A high level of general knowledge about the FT’s core subjects, intellectual curiosity, and the desire and ability to become familiar with new topics, often at very short notice
  • Knowledge of basic statistical techniques, experience of analysing large datasets and of presenting data in graphical form
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail – since accuracy is the basis of the FT’s reputation
  • The ability to manage time effectively, to cope with tight deadlines As well as working with writers and reporters to bring their ideas to fruition, the successful applicant would be expected to generate and research their own ideas and work alongside colleagues in graphics and interactive. There will be opportunities to write, especially on the FT’s data blog. We also have ambitions to increase the number of data centred projects

Applications, with an accompanying CV, should be sent to the Managing Editors office at by Jan. 30.

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