Tribune DataViz

Matters of interest, from the data reporters and developers across Tribune Publishing

Archive for the ‘Jobs’ Category

What are you doing for democracy?

leave a comment »

I WANT YOU TO MAKE SURE I ACT IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE AND NOT ON BEHALF OF THE POWERFUL AND CORRUPT. SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. BECOME A JOURNALIST TODAY.

Making software in the newsroom is the best job I’ve ever had.

It’s great fun, and it’s for a purpose. We’re not here to “save journalism” (whatever that means) — we’re here to save democracy.

And we want you to join us.

Two gigs:

  1. Help us build the next generation of news websites (and build insane tools to bend WordPress to your will and make it fast)
  2. Work with reporters to hold the powerful accountable for their actions (and build insane mapping tools and show your work.)

We hope to hear from you. Email newsapps@tribune.com.

– Brian

Advertisements

Written by Brian Boyer

December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Jobs

We’re hiring: Code in the public interest, make your mother proud

with 8 comments

Join our team!

Requirements

  • A passion for the news
  • Serious programming skills
  • An understanding of the inner workings of the web
  • Attention to detail and love for making things
  • A genuine and friendly disposition

We’re in need of a great hacker. Someone passionate for learning programming languages, using the best tools for the job, and in general, getting things done. We’re generalists, and we expect you to be as well. On any given day you might implement a responsive web design w/ HTML5 + CSS3, explore a dataset with a reporter looking over your shoulder, or help make the servers swift.

Bonus points if you’ve got skills in…

  • Data science
  • Information design
  • User experience / usability
  • Maintaining high-performance web sites
  • Graphic design

Allow me a moment to persuade you

The newsroom is a crucible. We work on tight schedules with hard deadlines. While this may seem stressful, it’s got a serious upside. Every couple of weeks we can learn from our mistakes and refine our technologies. It’s a fast-moving, volatile development environment that will make you a better programmer.

Also, it’s a damned good time.

Find examples of our work at Maps & Apps. To get a feel for the full news apps experience, check our team blog. (Every team member is expected to blog their findings. We believe it’s essential to show your work!)

Gear you’ll get

  • One shiny, new MacBook Pro (or an iMac, if you’d prefer)
  • One CDM (Cheap Dell Monitor)
  • One comfy Aeron chair
  • …all at a desk somewhere in the Tribune newsroom, where you’ll be surrounded by reporters arguing with the cops, yelling about the ball game, telling crazy stories, and otherwise practicing their trade.

There is no free pop, pinball or posh cafeteria, but you’ll love your work.

You’ll arrive energized, and leave satisfied that you’ve done something that will make your mom proud.

Interested? Email your info to newsapps@tribune.com. Thanks!

Written by Brian Boyer

September 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

Posted in Jobs

Show Your Work

with 9 comments

During my first and only performance review at the Chicago Tribune, Brian asked that I take responsibility for cultivating two team assets: our testing methodology and our open source presence. With notable exceptions, I never made much headway on testing, but we have released a mountain of open source code. As today is my last day with on News Applications team, I’d like to take a moment to summarize what we’ve made and why it matters.

We’ve released, or substantially contributed to, 20 projects on Github:

Of these, only beeswithmachineguns broke out of the News Applications circle of friends to attain mainstream recognition–an accomplishment almost certainly due as much to its cheekiness as its utility. However, despite not reaching a wider community, many of our projects have been successful in their niches. Here are a few examples of what’s happened to some of the projects we’ve released:

  • django-boundaryservice is being actively used by developers in Arizona, New York, Norway, and elsewhere. It’s also powering Sunlight Labs’ Open States boundary search API.
  • The IRE census application is the first major open source project sponsored by the IRE. To build it we worked alongside developers from CNN, the New York Times, the Spokesman-Review, the University of Nebraska, and USA Today. In this quarter’s IRE magazine director Mark Horvit hails it as a new model for collaboration in journalism.
  • csvkit has reached 82 followers, received commits from 10 developers, and appears to be getting traction as a key tool in the data journalist’s toolkit.
  • englewood and invar provided new tools for presenting cartographic data, a technique which we’ve since seen adopted elsewhere–not least impressively by our friends at Development Seed.
  • We’ve gotten feedback from journalists and hackers of all skill levels that our demos, tutorials and detailed documentary blog posts are helping them learn to do more with their data.

More important than any individual project, we’ve found ourselves in the midst of an exploding community of news-oriented developers who are hell bent on using, contributing to, and releasing new open source code. There are now more than a dozen active news nerd blogs–almost all of them producing new open source code. This works for our industry perhaps even better than it works in the mainstream web development, because, with very few exceptions, none of us are in competition with one another. We can share code with the Washington Post, ProPublica, or the New York Times at absolutely no cost to ourselves. This collaboration allows all of us to serve our readers better.

Thanks to the blessing of the Knight News Challenge, when I start work on PANDA Project on Tuesday I’ll be joining the lucky few who are paid a full-time salary to craft open source software. For me this is a dream come true. However, it won’t be the project I want it to be unless there is a community who is equally passionate about it. The PANDA project is by newsrooms, for newsrooms. I hope that you’ll join me in building a platform that, by being the sum of all our contributions, is much greater than mine.

Endnote: My job is open. It is incredible and wonderful and awesome and you totally want it. Send your resume to: newsapps@tribune.com.

Written by Christopher Groskopf

September 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

Posted in Jobs, Open Source

We’re hiring: Do you love to make stuff, inform people, get things done?

with 4 comments

Join our team!

Requirements:

  • A passion for open source software
  • An understanding of the inner workings of the web
  • Attention to detail and love for making things
  • A genuine and friendly disposition

We’re in need of a creative web developer. Someone passionate for learning programming languages, using the best tools for the job, and in general, getting things done. On any given day you might create responsive web designs with CSS3, stitch together content APIs, build snappy user interfaces with Backbone, or script backend Python or PHP.

It’s a job for a talented generalist, or someone who’d like to become one.

Allow me a moment to persuade you…

The newsroom is a crucible. We work on tight schedules with hard deadlines. While this may seem stressful, it’s got a serious upside. Every couple of weeks we can learn from our mistakes and refine our technologies. It’s a fast-moving, volatile development environment that will make you a better programmer.

Also, it’s fun.

Bonus points to candidates who:

  • Cut tight, valid and semantic HTML/CSS and make it look *hot*
  • Dig bleeding edge web development: SASS, Backbone, CSS media queries, etc.
  • Have a history authoring and releasing open source code or working with government data
  • (You *do* have a Github account, right?)

But what, specifically will you do?

You’ll build next-generation news and information products for Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Chicago Magazine, and other teams in the Chicago Tribune Media Group. It’ll be cool.

Things we’ve built recently that you might like:

Gear you’ll get:

  • One shiny, new MacBook Pro (or an iMac, if you’d prefer)
  • One CDM (Cheap Dell Monitor)
  • One comfy Aeron chair
  • …all at a desk somewhere in the Tribune newsroom, where you’ll be surrounded by reporters arguing with the cops, yelling about the ball game, telling crazy stories, and otherwise practicing their trade.

There is no free pop, pinball or posh cafeteria.

But, you’ll like what you do. You’ll come to work energized, and leave satisfied that you’ve done something that will make your mom proud.

Beat that, Google.

Interested? Email your info to newsapps@tribune.com. Thanks!

Written by Brian Boyer

April 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Posted in Jobs

Internship: Hack with us this summer!

with 2 comments

We’re seeking an intern to spend the summer hacking in sunny Chicago, Illinois. As a member of the news applications team, you’ll work with the reporters and editors of the Chicago Tribune to gather and visualize data and build web applications for the lovely people of Chicago.

You should be a junior, senior or graduate student with programming experience.

(We love writers, but if you can’t code, you’re not for us.)

It’ll be fun. Also, educational.

Compensation (the rub)

The Tribune’s 12-week internship program is part time, 20-24 hours a week, and we pay $8.25 hourly. That ain’t much, so this gig is likely best suited to Chicago-based students looking for something more fun than classes.

(If you’re not already local, we can try to give a hand finding a roomie, but you might be better off arranging a sofa on which to crash. Perhaps this will present you with the opportunity to pursue that freelance project. Or maybe learn to sail. There’s a lot of fun to be had in Chicago in the summertime.)

Applying

To apply, email newsapps@tribune.com, and tell us why you’d like to waste a perfectly good summer working at a newspaper. Include your preferred start date and some type of resume-like rundown of your abilities and experience. Bonus points will be given to applicants with neat skills and/or a project or two in mind.

Written by Brian Boyer

February 24, 2011 at 10:21 am

Posted in Jobs

We’re hiring: A WordPress-loving developer

leave a comment »

Join our team!

Requirements:

  • A passion for hacking and connecting systems via APIs
  • An understanding of the inner workings of the web
  • Attention to detail and hatred for inadequate line spacing
  • A genuine and friendly disposition

We’re in need of a creative web developer. Someone who understands the guts of WordPress and is not frightened off by custom post types, API integration, and writing your own plugins.

We won’t be prejudiced against candidates who’re relatively new to WordPress development if you can prove to us that you’re a great hacker and love PHP.

Bonus points to candidates who:

  • Cut tight, valid and semantic HTML/CSS and make it look *hot*
  • Have a history authoring and releasing WordPress plugins or other open source software

We work at a fast pace in the newsroom, and it’s hard to predict exactly what you’ll be up to day-to-day, but we can say for sure that you’ll be working with the news applications team and other teams at the Chicago Tribune Media Group to create and maintain local news and information websites.

Things we’ve recently built w/ WordPress:

Gear you’ll get:

  • One shiny, new MacBook Pro (or an iMac, if you’d prefer)
  • One CDM (Cheap Dell Monitor)
  • One comfy Aeron chair
  • …all at a desk somewhere in the Tribune newsroom, where you’ll be surrounded by reporters arguing with the cops, yelling about the ball game, telling crazy stories, and otherwise practicing their trade.

There is no free pop, pinball or posh cafeteria.

But, you’ll like what you do. You’ll come to work energized, and leave satisfied that you’ve done something that will make your mom proud.

Beat that, Google.

Interested? Email your info to newsapps@tribune.com. Thanks!

Written by Brian Boyer

November 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Posted in Jobs

“I hope it is a hacker reading this.” Chris’ kick-ass cover letter.

leave a comment »

In celebration of Chris’ first year as a hacker journalist, and as an encouragement to job seekers everywhere, I present to you the best cover letter I’ve ever read. Click through to read the annotations on DocumentCloud.

Written by Brian Boyer

October 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

Posted in Jobs, Kick ass