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Data Reporter

PublicSource, an independent news website focusing on original reporting about statewide issues in Pennsylvania, has an immediate opening for a data reporter. 

A successful candidate will be a high-energy reporter with proven skills in using data to conceive, report and write in-depth pieces that provoke change. He or she will also work closely with other PublicSource reporters and should have an ability to teach as well as do.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Experience working in data journalism, and an understanding of SQL, or similar database tools;

  • The ability to build data-driven charts and maps;

  • In-depth knowledge of a range of computer-assisted reporting tools, especially MySQL and Excel;

  • Ability to develop and produce unique Web-only content that enhances and augments the news reporting.

Some programming ability -- such as writing the occasional web scraping script in Python, experience in R, SPSS, or other statistical program language -- is a big plus. 

The ability to work well with others is a given for an enterprise that values collaboration both within the newsroom and with 29 other radio and newspaper partners in the state.

PublicSource is based in Pittsburgh, a city with a great deal more to offer than the Steelers. If you’re not willing to move, don’t apply.

Benefits include excellent health insurance (medical, dental and vision), life insurance and participation in our 403-B retirement program. We are currently working under the 501 C (3) status of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a respected film and photography school and cooperative, but have applied for our own non-profit IRS status.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Please send a resume, cover letter and writing samples to Sharon Walsh, editor, at with the job title data reporter in the subject line. Send all clips in .doc or pdf format. 

We will be interviewing at NICAR in Baltimore Feb. 26-29. Please include in your cover letter whether you will be at the conference.

PublicSource is an independent news organization supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the R.K. Mellon Foundation and the Hillman Foundation to do in-depth reporting in the public interest. We also have grants from the Polk Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.