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Computer-Assisted Reporting Specialist

VTDigger.org, Vermont’s premier online only source for state news, is seeking a computer-assisted reporting specialist to work on a digitally focused, in-depth reporting team.

Our ideal candidate knows how to build data sets and use data analysis to unlock complex information and discover trends or anomalies.

We want a data reporter who has a strong grasp of database concepts; has the confidence to work with data sets of all types; and knows how to clean, parse and query data. The right candidate should have the confidence to negotiate with public officials for data and open records.

Our ideal candidate understands statistics and knows tools like Fusion Tables, Refine, R or equivalents. You should understand GIS basics and have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. You should also have an understanding of Web-building blocks, such as HTML, JavaScript and basic scripting. Data visualization skills are also required.

The data reporter must be a self-motivated, creative problem-solver who enjoys working with a team of reporters. We are looking for someone who is highly organized and committed to ongoing improvement.

Juggling multiple deadlines simultaneously is part of the job. An undergraduate degree in informatics, journalism, computer science or a related course of study is required. The ideal candidate will have two to five years’ experience with visualizations. Understanding of journalism ethics and communication law is desired.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Anne Galloway, executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust, at agalloway@vtdigger.org.