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Visual Journalist // Web Developer II - FiveThirtyEight

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10059410 Location New York, New York, United States / Washington, DC, United States Business ABC News Date posted Aug. 31, 2023

Job Summary:

FiveThirtyEight is looking for a savvy Visual Journalist to cover U.S. politics and elections. The ideal candidate will be eager to contribute in a number of capacities – through daily graphics production, collaboration on reported stories and work on our “big swing” interactives. We’re looking for a web developer and designer who can exercise strong news judgment and constantly work to ensure all our output meets the highest standards of quality. The ideal candidate will be a team player who thrives in a collaborative work environment. 

The Visual Journalist will report to the Editorial Director of Data Analytics and work closely with the rest of the interactives team as well as reporters and editors across the newsroom. This full-time role with benefits is a U.S.-based position. This is a hybrid role with our offices in New York City or Washington, D.C. We have a preference for candidates based in those areas.


  • Collaborating with other members of the interactives team as well as reporters and story editors to conceptualize thoughtful, exciting stories and projects that inform and engage our readers, including our 2024 election forecast. 
  • Developing smaller interactive projects as a sole contributor and larger ones in collaboration with other members of the interactives team. 
  • Designing bespoke static charts and providing feedback and visual guidance to reporters and editors as needed. 
  • Participating in larger strategic conversations about visual style, site design, branding, accessibility and more. 
  • Giving thoughtful, candid feedback to colleagues and managers and openly receiving it in turn. 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Two or more years of relevant experience. 
  • Passion for data visualization and a demonstrated ability to build interactive graphics using modern web tools, including substantial experience using front-end web-development technologies, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript (preferably including experience with D3). 
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator. 
  • The ability to balance deadlines with opportunities to experiment and create new ways to visualize

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience programming in R, Ruby, Node or Python — particularly for data analysis or web application development.
  • Experience pitching and reporting original stories. 
  • A solid understanding of U.S. politics, particularly electoral politics. 
  • A background in data analysis and/or statistics. 

ABC News is America’s No. 1 news source, providing straightforward, fact-driven journalism across broadcast, streaming, digital and audio. ABC’s award-winning programs include “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” and “The View”. Other platforms include ABC News Live, the network’s 24/7 streaming channel; ABC News Studios, a premium, narrative nonfiction original production house; ABC News Digital, comprised of a diverse audience of more than 53 million monthly average users; ABC Audio, the premier source for radio news and industry-leading podcasts; FiveThirtyEight, renowned data journalism organization; and NewsOne, the affiliate news service. Based in New York City, ABC News is comprised of three U.S. bureaus and eight international bureaus, with a presence in more than 20 countries around the world. 


The hiring range for this position in New York, NY is $97,908 to $131,340 per year and in Washington, DC is $97,908 to $131,340 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About ABC News:

The Disney General Entertainment Content group creates original entertainment and news content for the Company’s streaming platforms and its cable and broadcast networks.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business we call ABC News.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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