What does a Data Journalist do?

As a Journalist in a small market you will provide stories on local and regional interest. You will conduct yourself with the highest level of professionalism and demonstrate ethical behavior in all interactions with the public and the news staff. You need to be a creative, dynamic team player who will uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity.

You could be an ideal candidate if you hold a bachelor's degree in journalism or broadcast communications with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a small market on a news program. You need to be familiar with APA style and be comfortable behind and in front of the camera. You need to feel comfortable working in all weather conditions covering stories and conducting research and remain impartial when asking probing questions. You need to conduct local and regional travel up to 75% of the time.

  • Meet daily broadcast deadlines
  • Research and submit story ideas at daily meetings
  • Conduct unbiased and ethical reporting
  • Represent the news channel in a professional manner
  • Work collaboratively as part of the broadcast team
  • Develop local sources for stories
  • Write and revise news copy for broadcast under tight deadlines
  • Travel throughout the local market to investigate and report on approved stories
  • 2+ experience on in a small market on a news program
  • Familiar with AP style
  • Comfortable in front of and behind the camera
  • Willing to work in all weather conditions covering stories & conducting research
  • Experience meeting daily deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Superior presentation skills
  • Able to remain impartial while asking probing questions
  • Willing to travel up to 75% of the time
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Data Journalist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$57,383 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $57K
$100K
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Data Journalist Career Path

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BBCBBC
Senior Journalist
Nov 19, 2019

“You work with excellent and generally very nice people and you have pretty good benefits.”

China Radio InternationalChina Radio International
Correspondent
Apr 6, 2021

“I had the opportunity to work with China Plus as a freelance journalist and it was a great experience.”

The Christian PostThe Christian Post
Reporter
Oct 6, 2021

“Lost creativity and freedom resulted to lost motivation and interest in doing our jobs well.”

Free Malaysia Today
Reporter
Jan 12, 2022

“Irregular work hours are a given in this industry but there is no respect for your personal time.”

WLNE-TV
News Reporter
Nov 7, 2021

“Some of the employees were nice people trying to make the best of a challenging situation.”

Great Falls Tribune
News Reporter
Apr 29, 2021

“The Great Falls Tribune was one of the best work environments I've ever experienced.”

WEAU 13 News
Multimedia Journalist
Nov 12, 2019

“Opportunities to advance are there but don’t expect to see your salary go up much.”

Seven West MediaSeven West Media
Journalist
Feb 25, 2021

“Not great pay and the job can be overwhelming.”

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