Senior Data Journalist

The USA TODAY NETWORK is looking for a Senior Data Journalist with a track record for obtaining, analyzing and sharing data for enterprise and investigative stories for USA TODAY and more than 100 local newsrooms across the country. We are looking for a journalist, who is an investigative reporter at heart, who relishes discovering new and creative ways of obtaining, creating, editing, analyzing and otherwise using data to tell stories, to right wrongs and to reveal things to readers that they do not know. We want data journalists that want to break the stories nobody else has, that make editors and readers say, “Wow.” You will work with the largest team of journalists in the U.S., with the nation as your subject. We’re looking for someone who understands that all of the sophisticated analysis, programming and coding skill in the world don’t matter in a newsroom if you can’t use it to tell new, consequential stories that serve the public. Our Data & Investigations team is based across the country. This position can be based at our headquarters in McLean, VA, or any of our local newsrooms.


  • Obtain and analyze government and commercially available data to break revelatory enterprise and investigative stories for use nationally and locally, across the USA TODAY NETWORK. Collaborate with journalists nationwide to build exclusive, custom data sets.
  • Report and write original investigative or data-driven stories that meet the team’s standards: revelatory, impactful, important and interesting. On some, you’ll do your own reporting and writing; on others, you’ll work with large teams of reporters.
  • Use your keen sense of where to find existing data, and relentlessly negotiate for data that’s not easy to get. You should be able to think creatively, and fast, about building data sets from inconsistent records across many jurisdictions.
  • Help local USA TODAY NETWORK journalists, working with our data or theirs, to identify the best angles for unique, revealing stories for their local or statewide audience.
  • Be actively engaged in the daily news, and long to be in the action on developing innovative data-driven and watchdog angles from breaking or developing stories.


  • At least five years of experience as a reporter for a daily news media organization, including a proven track record of collaboration on major enterprise or data projects.
  • Demonstrable experience obtaining and analyzing data to drive investigative stories.
  • Expert level Excel, Access, GIS and SQL skills are a minimum. You should be comfortable with statistics, work with a variety of data cleaning tools and have some mapping skills.
  • Experience with scraping tools, web development or data science highly desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent, plus newsroom data analysis experience.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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