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The Baltimore Banner seeks a data journalist

June 22, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The Baltimore Banner is looking to hire an accomplished Data Journalist with a robust skillset that includes finding, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data, along with a strong reporting and writing background. We’re looking for someone who can produce original content while also working collaboratively with reporters and others on data-driven stories and projects. We expect all candidates to believe sincerely in that mission and to work collaboratively as a team. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive newsroom with positive morale and culture.


  • Pitch ideas for data-driven stories and products and how they might be developed and visualized. Regularly conduct research and potentially write articles for all sections of the news website
  • Collaborate with reporters, editors, designers, and developers on stories that combine original statistical research with conventional reporting
  • Collaborate with Product Managers to ideate and write specifications for data-driven products. Explore those ideas using statistical tools, and present them to wider stakeholders from a non-statistical background
  • Report on and analyze data in a way that contributes to telling compelling stories on an array of news platforms. Use skills and experience to advise on best approaches to data-led storytelling and the development and publication of data-led projects
  • Create data visualizations
  • Visualize and find patterns in spatial data using GIS software
  • Use statistical tools to identify significant data trends


  • Fluency in SQL, R, and Python for statistical analysis with large datasets
  • Extensive experience with obtaining data from public agencies or other third parties, cleaning the data, and analyzing the data to find newsworthy trends, patterns, statistics, or other facts of public interest and importance
  • Extensive experience with statistical modeling relationships and predictive analytics, using both regression-based and machine-learning methods
  • Familiarity with research designs, quantitative methods, and foundational academic literature in econometrics and political science
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of national politics, economics, and current affairs. Knowledge of Maryland and Baltimore is a strong plus
  • Ability to summarize technical research for a mass audience in concise, stylish prose
  • Demonstrable experience of visualizing data, using either tools or scripts
  • Experience in gathering information from Freedom of Information requests
  • At least five years of experience in journalism, corporate data science, or academic social or natural science
  • Firm grasp of how to clean, parse and query data
  • Knowledge of several of Carto, D3, QGIS, Tableau

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