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Data Journalist

Data Journalist

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United Kingdom-London

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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


The Economist is seeking to fill the position of Data Journalist in its Editorial Data Department.

Data Journalists will be responsible for The Economist’s data and data-related output.


Date advert posted: 4 April 2018


Closing date: 2 May 2018


In this role you would be expected to:

  • Be the team’s lead developer of predictive statistical models of geopolitical and economic events.
  • Expected to work with beat journalists, section editors, graphical data journalists, developers and designers to source and produce charts, maps and graphics supporting journalists’ stories.
  • Ensure the best representation of data in all formats (print, app, web) and pitch, research and write data-driven stories (alone or in collaboration with other journalists) for use on the daily app, in print and on the web.
  • Improve the quality and representation of data that accompany stories that are being pitched and written by other journalists;
  • Generate data-driven stories that are produced by the data team itself.
  • Work on special projects including: longer-term data stories and features, such as new indices; development of data templates for specific events (eg, elections); assessment of data providers and data software; archiving of data; and development of new data-driven editorial products.
  • Able to draw up basic charts in order to allow specialised designers to concentrate on more ambitious visualisations.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A degree in a relevant field (economical and statistical subjects will be useful for this role)
  • Significant relevant experience with handling and analyzing information sources and statistics
  • A proven record of accurate prediction of geopolitical or economic events using quantitative forecasting or machine-learning techniques
  • Excellent proficiency inExcel, Word, Databases and Powerpoint
  • Fluency in the R programming language
  • Excellent numeracy and literacy
  • Proven outstanding writing ability to translate highly technical original quantitative research into easily accessible prose for a general audience
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of global politics and current affairs
  • Knowledge of both econometrics and quantitative political-science methods
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, HTML. Data visualisation, interactive graphics and web- editing tools or languages such as plot.lyor D3.js
  • Relevant prior experience in journalism is desirable