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Sr. Manager – Data Journalism Lead, Owned Television Stations

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 666124BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Jun. 24, 2019

Job Summary:

The Senior Manager of Data Journalism is responsible for running a first of its kind local data journalism team for ABC’s Owned Television Stations, with the goal of infusing high-impact data journalism into ABC’s newsrooms and content. This role will be responsible for supporting the strategic development of the data journalism team, identifying and managing key hires, forging strategic partnerships in the data journalism space, and educating the organization about data journalism. This role requires practical data journalism experience, strong leadership skills and established relationships within and awareness of the data journalism industry, as well as a passion for local news.

*Flexible to location within NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Philadelphia or Houston.


  • Help to define the strategy and implementation of OTV’s data journalism team and fellowship program
    • Assess key hires and recruit talent
    • Create and implement workflows for implementing day to day data journalism practices as well as to support long term investigations
    • Bring data journalism to life in visual formats that work for television
    • Monitor industry trends around local news and data journalism field
    • Network and proactively seek out relationships with key leaders and vendors in the field
    • Drive division-wide data journalism initiatives and coverage
  • Pursue and establish strategic partnerships to support OTV’s data journalism efforts
    • Proactive relationships with universities, non profits and technology companies at the forefront of data journalism
  • Educate the organization on data journalism
    • Create training curriculums
    • Coordinate with key stakeholders
    • Incorporate existing expertise within the organization into data journalism team and fellowship
  • Manage a team of data journalism fellows, in coordination with local news editorial teams
    • Coordinate closely with all of OTV’s newsroom leadership
    • Direct and support the development of the in-house team

Basic Qualifications:

  • Hands-on, practical experience doing data journalism in a newsroom environment with specific work samples, including identifying key data sets, evaluating and cleaning data, and finding stories within data
  • Comprehensive understanding of the growing data journalism field with existing relationships in the data journalism and media industry
  • Interest in and awareness of local news space and/or media industry trends
  • Highly organized, action-oriented and collaborative
  • Strong leader who can champion projects across groups and build strong relationships with other team members
  • Self-starter, ambitious and motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Critical thinking and analytic skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Detail-oriented and focused on accuracy
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coding ability a plus but not required
  • Experience building a team from the ground up
  • 5+ years working in the news / media industry, preferably local
  • Experience working in a video or television news environment
  • Strong journalistic instincts and story-sense
  • Data Journalism degree a plus

Required Education

  • BA and/or equivalent experience

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ABC, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

ABC, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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