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Digital Producer/Writer, Pew Research Center - Washington, DC

Industry Digital Media
Specialty National/World News
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Website http://www.pewresearch.org


Organization Overview:

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of 150.

Position Summary:

The Digital Producer/Writer plays a key role in the day-to-day production and writing for Fact Tank, Pew Research Center’s data journalism blog. The ideal candidate is curious, collaborative and detail-oriented with strong news judgment and an eye for how Pew Research Center can leverage its data and findings to bring context to the news of the day. He/she will work with researchers and editors from across the Center to generate ideas for posts and serves as the primary person shepherding content through the daily production process. This position reports to the Senior Digital Editor.

Primary Responsibilities:

Web-produces daily content for Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank blog in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Manages production workflow to ensure timely publication of posts.
Ensures that digital packaging of Fact Tank content is engaging and optimized for search and social audiences.
Tracks and identifies national and international news events or pegs that are relevant to Pew Research Center’s research areas.
Brainstorms ideas for Fact Tank coverage, and conceives of and writes his/her own Fact Tank posts.
Fact-checks posts according to Pew Research Center’s rigorous number-checking standards.
Assists with copyediting and the management of institutional social media accounts when necessary.
Assembles a weekly newsletter of the latest Pew Research Center publications using MailChimp.
Writes headlines and report summaries for the Pew Research Center home page and ensures that pewresearch.org is displaying the most up-to-date and relevant content by tracking national and international news and subjects of interest to the Pew Research Center.
Conceives of and executes innovative ways to display content online, including use of video, data visuals, curation and multimedia tools, to improve user engagement and deliver it to a growing digital audience. Serves as liaison with researchers to propose digital content to best convey data findings for the global digital audience
Coordinates multiple internal editorial, technical, and design resources for long- and short-term web projects.
Collaborates with communications and web development team to maintain and apply content taxonomy and search engine optimization.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

Experience and high comfort level in working with numbers and data trends. Familiarity with government datasets, survey data and other social science data sources a plus.
Ability to gain an understanding of Pew Research Center’s diverse body of work, and to assist researchers and journalists in exploring innovative ways of presenting data and research via multiple digital channels.
Ability to meet daily deadlines and turn around production of new content quickly, similar to a newsroom environment
Strong news judgment, headline-writing skills, copy editing and copy writing skills, and interest in public policy issues related to Pew Research Center’s areas of work
Ability to coordinate groups of content experts, editors, visual designers and programmers to develop online products
Demonstrated ability to perform with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy, both in written work, and in presenting data and numbers.
Experience with interactive and multimedia web tools, and interest in experimenting with new ways to present data and information to a digital audience. Understanding of social media and familiarity with major platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Familiarity with Photoshop and other visual design tools
Understanding of standards based HTML, CSS and search engine optimization. Demonstrated work experience with content management systems.
Understanding of, and interest in keeping up with, emerging web-based technologies including mobile, social media, audio/video streaming, curation, etc.


Bachelors degree, preferably in journalism, or related field
At least three to five years online production experience and a track record of conceiving and writing articles, ideally at a news organization, or other organization that creates daily content for a large public audience
Experience with web publishing systems (WordPress a plus)
Experience with branded social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.)
Experience with a variety of web tools for curating digital content and engaging an online audience
Experience creating online multimedia content including video, photo galleries and graphics

Application Procedure:

Applicants should visit www.pewresearch.org/about/careers to apply online.  Please submit a resume and cover letter including salary requirements.

 Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

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