Big Local News is hiring a senior data journalist to work with our small but mighty team. We are a program of Stanford University’s Journalism and Democracy Initiative and collect local data to discover the regional or national patterns that will yield stories with impact. We go after data sets that are hard to obtain because they’re kept in disparate, scattered locations by multiple jurisdictions. Big Local News also works with newsrooms to process, analyze and archive the data they collect. We provide mentoring and training with partner newsrooms. This past year, two of the projects we were involved with were Pulitzer finalists.

The position is a two-year fixed term with possibility of renewal. It is located in the journalism program at Stanford and entails collecting, cleaning and analyzing data in collaboration with newsrooms and also working with students on related projects. Here’s the official posting via Stanford. It’s listed in the system as a data analyst 2. In-person/hybrid is preferred but remote is an option.

We are seeking applicants who have programming, data analysis and journalism skills. We have a variety of needs and will entertain applications from those with back-end programming abilities, front-end design skills and data analysis/data journalism-for-story chops. Training/mentoring background is helpful.

Our platform allows journalists – whether freelancers, reporters from one company or collaborations across multiple news organizations – to share data and work together as they report out stories. Our work is designed to be journalist-driven and transformative, to help find solutions for local newsrooms’ ability to produce accountability journalism — the type of journalism that can shift policy and law and create impact.

You can read more about our work here and here.

Apply for the job here, and if you have questions, feel free to reach out to Big Local News Founder and Co-Director Cheryl Phillips at [email protected].