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Interactive Developer - SF Chronicle

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Interactive Developer: SFChronicle.com


Supervisor: San Francisco Chronicle managing editor for digital


Mission: The Chronicle is the Bay Area’s authoritative news source, focused on San Francisco news but inclusive of all regional and Western news that reflects the unique Bay Area experience. SFChronicle.com is the home for the Bay Area’s best journalism. This position serves as an interactive developer on The San Francisco Chronicle’s digital team.


Emphasis: We’re looking for an interactive producer+developer who likes to find ways to make stories and numbers compelling and fun. We want a creative journalist who likes to push boundaries and build stories for our core Bay Area readers to explore. This team member will work from conception to execution on short- and long-term projects to create data visualizations and interactive projects for SFChronicle.com. We need someone who can collaborate well with others, has excellent communication skills and is comfortable providing and taking feedback. We’re seeking someone with creativity, high energy and high standards who is comfortable working and taking initiative in a fast-paced environment.


SFChronicle.com: The newsroom’s digital team is a small, close-knit group of journalists with backgrounds in traditional news operations. Members of the team work as producers, editors, social media strategists and developers and are responsible for The San Francisco Chronicle’s website, social channels and most ambitious digital projects.


Work requirements: This position requires flexibility based on news events and will likely be a Monday-to-Friday schedule. Weekend and holiday work may be required as news warrants.


Individual Duties:


  • Collaborate with the newsroom on short- and long-term interactive projects as well as finding projects the team can create that can stand on their own.
  • Take standard news stories and rethink them for a digital and mobile-first presentation.
  • Set the tone for visual storytelling and interactive projects.
  • Spearhead our digital aesthetic and create effective design tools.


What we’re looking for:


  • We’re looking for someone with a nose for news and an eye for design. The successful candidate will have a portfolio that demonstrates a deft understanding of data visualization and analysis. She or he will possess the ability to pitch, sketch and prototype interactive stories and graphic ideas.
  • Minimum of 2 years of newsroom experience
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree but can be in any field. Preference for journalism and/or formal education in computer science.
  • Experience building web experiences for desktop, tablet and mobile browsers required.
  • Comfortable with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and relevant code libraries such as JQuery and D3.js.
  • Knowledge of backend languages/environments like Python, Node or PHP a plus.
  • Knowledge of frontend frameworks like React, Angular or Vue a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Git and Github.
  • Experience working with APIs a definite plus.
  • Ability to self-manage and handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Loves working in Slack, Google Chat and other remote-friendly tools.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design tools a plus.
 
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Jeff Johnson – Publisher - Jeffrey M. Johnson is the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. He came to The Chronicle in 2013 after a 25-year career in publishing, including serving as president, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, and six years of work in private equity at The Yucaipa Companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Illinois.

Audrey Cooper – Editor-in-Chief - Audrey Cooper is the editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first woman to fill the role in the company’s 151-year history. She is also the youngest woman ever named as the top editor of a major U.S newspaper-based company. San Francisco magazine has declared her one of the city’s most powerful women. Editor and Publisher magazine named her one of the world’s "Top 10 Women to Watch" and Advertising Age named her one of their "Top 40 under 40."

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Christina Howell – Vice President, Finance - Christina joined the San Francisco Chronicle in April 2016 where she is responsible for financial planning, analysis and accounting. Prior she was head of global FP&A for StubHub, the global ticket marketplace. Previously she was VP Finance, Transformation at Levis Strauss & Co where she also held numerous finance positions over a decade in corporate, brand and supply chain finance. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and has a Bachelor’s degree in politics from Bristol University.

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Steve Bentz – Senior Vice President, Advertising Steve Bentz joined the San Francisco Chronicle in November 2013 and is responsible for all Advertising sales for the San Francisco Chnoicle. Prior to joining the Chronicle, Steve was Vice President of National Sales and Direct Marketing for the Orange County Register. He has previously held various leadership roles with Impremedia, the Los Angeles Times.

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Sarah Morse Cooney – Vice President, Marketing - Sarah Morse Cooney is the VP of Marketing for the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGATE. She is responsible for developing strategic multi-platform programs that drive sales revenue, implementing and managing in-house marketing objectives and tactics that shape the brand, drive circulation acquisition and retention goals, and identify strategic partnerships that enhance local community relations and grow incremental ad spend. Prior to joining the Chronicle/Hearst, Sarah oversaw Marketing for Dwell, a media company devoted to modern architecture and design, from 2012 to 2014. From 2007 to 20012, she held various Marketing positions at Veranda/Hearst Magazines. Sarah has served on the board of the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund for the past two years. Sarah holds a bachelors degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.