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David Fahrenthold wins award from the Society of Proferssional Journalists

The Post’s Political Editor Steven Ginsberg announced today that political Post Political Reporter David Fahrenthold has won the Sigma Delta Chi award for Washington Correspondence. The award, which comes from the Society of Professional Journalists, recognizes outstanding work published or broadcast in 2013. David, who won for his groundbreaking series on government dysfunction, was selected from among 1,800 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online.  

This is David’s second award for his work last year. In March, he received the Everett Dirksen award for coverage of Congress.

Job Opening: Beat reporter covering D.C.-area arts community

The Washington Post is looking for an aggressive beat reporter to cover the local arts community.

This is a critical beat for us with a new Smithsonian secretary coming on board, a new Kennedy Center president and the Corcoran in transition. We need a strong reporter who can break news, develop a vast network of sources and write for all platforms about the region’s cultural institutions. This beat requires both accountability reporting and feature writing. It is an important position for Style and we will consider internal and outside candidates. Applicants must be experienced beat reporters with an ability to look at an institution’s finances as well as a love of the arts.

Anyone interested should contact Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour (liz.seymour@washpost.com) or  Senior Editor Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by April 18.

Job Opening: Designers

The Washington Post has two immediate opening for designers on its Design team. These designers will be working on deadline in a fast-paced environment throughout the newsroom — from the A-section to Metro to Style and other weekly sections.

The Design team is responsible for the design of the newspaper and its magazine, and contributes to the Post’s digital apps and long-form enterprise design. These positions will be heavily involved in print, but every designer on the staff is also designing for digital products. Designing for projects and even A-1 will be expected.

The ideal candidates must have the ability to design print and digital projects which are bold, surprising and energetic, while balancing navigational clarity and section pacing and adhering to The Post’s standards of accuracy and news judgment. Proven skills with photo journalism, graphics and typography are essential. We place a premium on collaboration and expect designers to be catalysts for creativity. Our designers are expected to be self-starters who add value to stories using alternative formats, to articulate reasons for design decisions, and to take initiative in planning processes to make The Post’s pages as strong as possible.

The positions will include evenings and weekend work and at least four years of publication experience is required. Experience with Eidos Methode or digital design a plus. Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is required. Digital experience is preferred.

If interested, please contact Design Director Greg Manifold, Deputy Design Director Chris Meighan or Senior Editor Tracy Grant by April 25.

WashPost Reporters Honored with Virginia Press Association Awards

Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel and Deputy Editor Monica Norton:

All,

Roz Helderman, Carol Leonnig and Laura Vozzella won the prestigious First Amendment Award from the Virginia Press Association this past weekend at an event in Richmond. Additionally, Roz won the Outstanding Journalist of the Year, the association’s top award.

It was a good day for The Post, as Greg Manifold’s team won “Best on Show” for overall design, and the newsroom garnered the news writing sweepstakes as the best paper in Virginia. Several individual reporters won awards as well, including first place finishes by Marjorie Censor, Susan Svrluga, Steve Hendrix, Theresa Vargas, Brigid Schulte, Justin Jouvenal, Marc Fisher and Joel Achenbach

Here’s what the judges said about Roz, Carol and Laura: “The dogged, persistent reporting was done through excellent source development, use of the Freedom of Information Act and, most important, savvy journalists. Helderman, Vozzella and Loennig and the Washington Post held Virginia’s highest official and his family accountable - which is why the founders placed press freedom as part of the First Amendment.”

Please take a moment to congratulate everyone for the fine showing. A special thank you to Jill Grisco for putting together the entries.

See all the 2013 winners

Jobs Available: Database developer, Product designer

Database developer position:

The Washington Post is looking for a database developer to join its award-wining Graphics Department. The graphics team creates interactive stories, including visualizations, maps, databases and multimedia projects.

This developer will build data-centered projects on a wide variety of topics. Sometimes on a daily deadline, sometimes on major long-term projects. They would help us build APIS, template database pages, deploy to our servers and analyze, clean and scrape data. Projects would include things like the homicides mapcongressional votes databasedrones database and power outages tracker.

Candidates should be experienced developers with excellent data-wrangling skills. They should be extremely detail-oriented and have a passion for writing clean, well-documented code. A track record of writing and contributing to open-source projects is strongly recommended. 

The Post is a fast-paced organization focused on building stories and products that push the industry forward. This is an exciting time in the news business. We are creating the storytelling forms of the future and discovering news ways to use technology to drive our storytelling every day. Join us.

Required skills: Excellent skills in Python or an equivalent language. Experience working with relational databases such as MySQL or PostgreSQL. Experience with PostGIS and the ability to develop front-end prototypes with HTML, CSS and JavaScript preferred.

Interested candidates should contact Kat Downs at kat.downs@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by April 21.

Product designer position:

The Washington Post is seeking a Product Designer to join the Digital Products and Design team. This person will champion efforts with project requirements and strategy, information architecture and interaction design to create beautiful, easy-to-use, multiplatform experiences.

This role will play a key part in all digital products from concept to delivery and beyond. The newsroom is committed to bringing great journalism to our audiences – and the form in which it takes needs your expertise.

User experience is key and the ideal candidate needs to understand people – who they are, how they interact with our digital products, and what our audience expects from The Washington Post. 

Responsibilities: ● Gather user and project requirements to create conceptual wireframes and/or prototypes for editorial projects, apps, and commercial products ● Collaborate with research and members of the design team on formal and informal usability testing ● Design and specify details of user interaction, user interfaces and information architecture ● Communicate concepts, ideas and design rationale with project stakeholders ● Contribute to a multidiscipline team that can include content creators, developers, designers and project managers to develop product improvements and additions based on business objectives, usability studies and research metrics 

Requirements/Qualifications: ● 3+ years of experience with user interface design ● Journalism experience a plus but not required ● Must have the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines ● Organized and very detail oriented ● Must be self motivated and inspired by your craft this role needs a person with original ideas and fresh approaches to each project ● Command of industry best practices in information design and architecture, usability and accessibility, and scalable, dynamic web user interfaces ● Experience using research and analytics to inform design ● Advanced knowledge of tools such as Adobe Creative Suite ● BS/BA in Design, HCI or related field ● HTML/CSS/JS experience required  Candidate must submit work samples/portfolios to be considered.

If interested, please contact Joey Marburger (joey.marburger@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by April 18.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

WashPost Wins APSE Multimedia Award for First and 17

The Washington Post won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2013 contest in the multimedia category for over 2 million unique visitors for First and 17. The New York Times tied for first place.

Third place was awarded to The Post’s Adam Kilgore, Wilson Andrews, Bonnie Berkowitz, Todd Lindeman, Sohail A-Jamea for their piece on Bryce Harper’s swing technique.

Read the announcement from APSE here.

 

Washington Post seeks budget administrator

We are seeking a budget administrator to manage the financials for several large departments in the newsroom. The successful candidate will be someone who has a knack for numbers and can act as the liaison between the newsroom and Accounting and Payroll, verifying iExpense reports, managing departmental expenses to budget and general ledger review. Additional responsibilities include preparation of annual operating budget and estimate, financial reporting and providing variance analysis to department heads. The ideal candidate for this exempt position will have strong database and spreadsheet skills with expertise in Excel and experience with budgeting software, Oracle and Workday. Prior accounting experience is preferred.

If you’re interested, please contact Raquel Edora at raquel.edora@washpost.com or Tracy Grant at tracy.grant@washpost.com by April 11.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.

Jim Webster wins first place in 2013 ACES headline contest

Newsroom announcement from Jesse Lewis, multiplatform editing chief, and Courtney Rukan, deputy multiplatform editor:

Please join us in congratulating Multiplatform Editor Jim Webster, who won first place in the American Copy Editors Society’s 2013 headline contest. Jim won in the category for newspapers with 200,000-plus circulation.

Jim’s winning entries appeared in various sections of the Post, including Style, Weekend, Food and the Magazine.

According to the judges: “The hedlines in this entry were a delight to read. “It’s enough to make anyone anti-pasta” is perhaps the best hed I’ve ever seen on a negative dining review. The wordplay throughout the entry is fantastic.”

View Jim’s entries

Job opening: Post seeks mobile designer

The Washington Post is looking for a mobile designer to join the Digital Products and Design team. This person will lead efforts with project requirements and strategy, information architecture and interaction design to create beautiful, easy-to-use, multiplatform experiences.

The newsroom is committed to bringing great journalism to our audiences – and the form in which it takes needs your expertise.

User experience is key and the ideal candidate needs to understand people – how they interact with our products, and what they expect from The Washington Post.

Responsibilities:

-Gather user and project requirements to create conceptual wireframes and/or prototypes for editorial projects, apps, and commercial products

-Collaborate with research and members of the design team on formal & informal usability testing

-Design and specify details of user interfaces and information architecture

-Communicate concepts, ideas and design rationale with project stakeholders

-Contribute to a multidiscipline team that can include content creators, frontend developers, visual designers and project managers to develop site improvements and additions based on business objectives, usability studies and research metrics

Requirements/Qualifications:

-2+ years of experience with user interface design

-Journalism experience a plus but not required

-Must have the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

-Organized and very detail oriented

-Must be self motivated and inspired by your craft as this role needs a person with original ideas and fresh approaches to each project

-Command of industry best practices in information design and architecture, usability and accessibility, and scalable, dynamic web user interfaces

-Experience using research and analytics to inform design

-Must have an intermediate understanding of major web analytics packages, such as Omniture, and SEO strategies

-Advanced knowledge of tools such as Adobe Creative Suite

-BS/BA in Design, HCI or related field

-HTML/CSS/JS experience a huge plus

Candidate must submit work samples/portfolios to be considered. If interested, please contact Joey Marburger (joey.marburger@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by April 4.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Diversity and Inclusion is essential to The Washington Post. It stimulates innovation, business growth and the connection to our community; which in turn ensures delivery of the best content, products, and services to our consumers.