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News Developer – Star Tribune Media Company LLC – Minneapolis, MN

Star Tribune Media Company LLC in Minneapolis, MN


Star Tribune Media Company LLC

Star Tribune is looking for a developer/journalist to join our ranks of digital makers and help elevate our storytelling through creative uses of code and data.


About us:

  • We have strong local ownership and a uniquely engaged readership. Our reporters and editors are deeply knowledgeable and connected to the community. Our business is based on building a high-quality news report readers want to pay for across platforms. If you want to help chart the future of local news in the digital age, this is a great place to do it.
  • We employ at least 10 journalists who regularly build things with code. Your colleagues will include journalists who have done award-winning digital work at places like USA Today and The New York Times. And our teams are key contributors to the newsroom’s most important work — including last year’s Denied Justice series, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • We’ll give you all the tools you need to do your job: a simple AWS infrastructure, a laptop with your development tools of choice, and supportive bosses and colleagues who value your work and respect your contributions as a journalist.
  • Like a lot of local newspapers, we’re still trying to figure out how best to serve our audiences on digital platforms. You will be a key leader in helping drive those efforts. Your work will shape the future of our newsroom.
  • Most of our projects are developed in the open. Feel free to take a look. A few highlights from the last year:
  • Denied Justice: Our data and digital design teams analyzed data for this project, deployed and supported tools (Open Semantic Search) to support reporting, and designed an award-winning digital presentation.
  • Elections: Our experimental portfolio of digital elections work included live primary and general election results, enterprise interactives, experimental story forms, and a new voters guide that was among the most popular features on our website last year.
  • Essential Twin Cities Guide: Our news developers and designers worked together with our features staff to create a first-of-its-kind guide of Twin Cities essentials for visitors in advance of the Super Bowl (and later the Final Four).
  • Workflow tools: We do much of our interactive development using a gulp-based workflow, which we could use your help continuing to refine. We believe that the way we work is as important as what we work on.


About you:

  • You have a demonstrated history of writing code to solve problems in news.
  • You’re a quick learner, creative thinker and adaptable problem-solver. Newsrooms are full of weird and interesting technical problems that require flexibility and creativity. We care a lot more about what you can learn than what you know. That said …
  • You feel comfortable learning our stack. We don’t care what tech you’ve used in the past, but our frontend apps are built in standard HTML/CSS/Javascript, using mostly common libraries (D3, Mapbox, Svelte, etc.) On the backend, we mostly use R, Python and SQL. Our apps live on EC2 and S3, and we use both MySQL and Postgres for data management. That said, we don’t have strong opinions on languages or tools. We just care about getting things done.
  • You are comfortable being a generalist. One week you might write a web scraper to support an investigative story. The next you might report and build your own visual enterprise piece. The next you might be cleaning up code in our digital publishing workflows, or leading development of our live election results, or helping conceive and build new forms of digital journalism.
  • You’re an empathetic communicator, collaborator and teacher. We’ll be counting on you to help drive digital transformation, so an ability to win consensus and bring others along is critical.
  • You aren’t afraid of winter. (Don’t worry, our summers are beautiful).

We don’t care how many years of experience you have or what you majored in. If you worry you’re not qualified, take the leap and apply anyway. And if you’re a member of a community that is traditionally underrepresented in news or technology, we especially want to hear from you.

Interested? In addition to applying, please include a link to a resume, portfolio site, LinkedIn profile, or anything else you feel describes your professional experience.

Please include links to any work you’d like us to see. Development work in a newsroom is varied by nature, so that work might include samples of interactive development, data visualization, data analysis, tools and products, or open source software development. Even class projects are fine. Just pick some things you’re proud of. If you have a public Github page, please include that as well.


Anything else we should know?

Optional. Feel free to tell us anything else about yourself you think we should know. Who are you? Why are you interested in the Star Tribune? What unique perspectives do you bring? Tell us a lot or a little. It’s up to you.

Contact Chase Davis if you have any questions: [email protected]

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News Developer – Star Tribune Media Company LLC – Minneapolis, MN

Star Tribune Media Company LLC job in Minneapolis, MN