WSJ seeks a political data reporter

February 1, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking an experienced and aggressive reporter with strong data gathering and analysis skills to join the Politics Team in its Washington Bureau.

You will be at the center of the team’s efforts to expand its use of data in covering shifting voter attitudes and demographic trends ahead of the 2024 presidential election, as well as helping to cover money in politics, lobbying and government accountability.

You will:

  • Be a critical part of our primary and election night coverage tasked with helping the newsroom interpret results from races and voter surveys for live blogs, stories and visuals.
  • Develop and deliver first-rate enterprise and investigative stories.
  • Work in a collegial manner since the job will often involve teaming up with the Journal’s expansive roster of excellent journalists across the U.S. and around the world.

You have:

  • Experience compiling and analyzing election, campaign finance and voter data and the ability to translate findings into impactful stories and unearth trends.
  • An intermediate to expert proficiency with a programming language such as Python or R as well as SQL databases and cloud computing environments.
  • An intermediate to expert proficiency with GIS software such as QGIS, PostGIS or ArcGIS, or have experience working with geospatial data in a programming language.

This position reports to Political Editor Ben Pershing. To apply, please submit your resume, at least five clips and a cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and interests align with the requirements of the role.

The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.

To apply, go here.

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