Designer/Developer, Data Visuals team

The Texas Tribune is hiring!

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization that is recognized as a leader in self-supporting journalism. We are seeking a designer/developer who will work full-time out of our downtown Austin newsroom to build news tools and tell visual stories with data.

About the data visuals team:

  • This position is in the Tribune's award-winning data visuals department, a hybrid news applications and graphics team.
  • We are journalists who work closely with reporters and editors to generate ideas, request public records and comb through the results. Then, we use what we find to tell data-driven, visual stories.
  • We create and maintain the Tribune's data explorers, which are news applications built using Django/Python or Node.js.
  • We publish the most comprehensive real-time election results in Texas. Then, we analyze that data to give our savvy readers the context they need.
  • We build command-line tools using Node.js to power our workflows.
  • We work closely with the Tribune's investigative journalists to hold public officials accountable.
  • In 2019, we will cover the legislative session, retool our data explorers, open source more of our work and find better ways to share data with journalists in Texas and beyond.

About you:

We're open to applications from anyone who wants to tell creative stories with data, whether your method is building news applications, making visualizations, data analysis or journalistic techniques we haven't thought of yet. Here are some general skills we're looking for:

  • You want to use code to report and build tools that help both reporters and readers better understand and explore large data sets on topics such as campaign finance, immigration, education and public health.
  • You are curious about what makes Texas tick and what data can tell us about the second-largest state in the country.
  • You want to work on a small, nimble and experienced team with space to break the mold and do creative work.
  • You approach problems with a combination of coding smarts and journalistic rigor.
  • For developers, you have experience building both front- and back-end workflows and have a good barometer for judging when a story needs a big lift, or could benefit from simplicity.
  • For designers, you love to break out of the box with creative visualization shapes, whether you use Adobe Illustrator, D3 or something else to draw your graphics.
  • For both, you’re familiar with modern HTML and CSS, JavaScript, and are comfortable with (or willing to learn!) higher-level tools like Sass and Nunjucks, and JavaScript frameworks like React/Preact.

We know there are great people who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

About The Texas Tribune:

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit newsroom based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to engaging and informing Texans on politics and policy news. We are read by more than 1.5 million people every month and have more journalists covering state government than any newsroom in the country. In addition, our events team hosts more than 50 free conversations between the public and elected officials across the state every year.

We’re a "grown-up startup,” meaning we all wear many hats, but we’re also big fans of getting enough sleep. We believe our office is a pretty great place to work, and we're proud of the job we've done helping to make Texas politics transparent and accessible to the world at large. The Texas Tribune is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.

Benefits: Downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend; medical, vision and dental insurance; a cell phone stipend; 20 days of paid time off; up to 12 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection; 401(k) matching; support for professional training and attending industry conferences.

How to apply:

Please submit your application by midnight on Feb. 28 using our form, which includes a questionnaire in lieu of a cover letter. Email Darla Cameron and Ryan Murphy at with any questions. We can't wait to hear from you!