View Our Website View All Jobs

Visual Storyteller (Free Press)

The Seattle Times, one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country and winner of 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is looking for a Free Press Visual Storyteller. As an energetic, passionate Graphic Artist, Designer, or Illustrator, you would assist The Seattle Times publisher and Opinion editor in creating a “Save the Free Press” voice. This unique voice is part of an initiative to fuel a Save the Free Press Movement in Washington state and nationally. As part of this team, you will create compelling data visuals for Opinion and other pages as it relates to the Free Press Initiative. You should have a demonstrated ability to conceptualize ideas to make pieces appealing visual storytelling toward making significant social impact and informing public policy. You should be able to produce innovative data graphics that can convey the key points in an argument or story. Secondarily, you will produce visual data and data storytelling for the times’ three public service community funded labs – Education, Traffic and Project Homeless.

You will report to the Publisher and Opinion editor, with dotted line to Sr. VP of Public Service.

The Times visual storytelling experience is highlights by the successful visual data storytelling campaign to stop the defunding of higher education.

 

Responsibilities

  • Produce print and digital graphics including interactive projects.
  • Produce effective graphics for daily use within the established style guidelines for various coverage areas on multiple platforms.
  • Emphasize appropriateness of style, execution, clarity of visual storytelling, impact, concept, accuracy and a commitment to proofreading and editing all design work.
  • Take a multi-platform approach to design and storytelling and participate in the associated prototyping, storyboarding and planning endeavors.
  • Create compelling visuals for various public-service initiatives.
  • Serve as a member of the Opinion board to offer constructive input on all matters pertaining to the free press and all media and journalism topics.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience: Must have at least two years’ experience developing and producing at a daily news organization (or equivalent experience).  
  • Education: Four-year degree (or combined equivalent work experience in a related role)
  • Possess solid research and visual design skills.
  • Experience with data journalism and associated tools, such as Excel, SQL, R and Python is desirable.
  • Minimum one year of experience with current web standards, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and relevant code libraries.
  • Knowledge of graphics and illustration tools such as Adobe Suite (Creative Cloud or older CS versions).
  • Established illustration styles
  • Ability to capture concepts in surprising and delightful ways
  • Ability to work in high pressure, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience/ familiarity with pagination systems and WordPress preferred
  • Strong communications skills, whether coaching, enlisting support, building teams or negotiating among multiple stakeholders
  • Respect for a plurality of perspectives, identities and experiences in the Northwest.
  • Committed to ensure that diverse communities see themselves and their concerns represented in our work.

 

This position would be required to pay union dues on an ongoing monthly basis.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

Resume and attachments over 10 MB per file cannot be accepted.

Read More

Apply for this position

Required*
Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.
Gender
Race/Ethnicity

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status
I IDENTIFY AS ONE OR MORE OF THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF PROTECTED VETERAN LISTED ABOVE
I AM NOT A PROTECTED VETERAN
I DON’T WISH TO ANSWER

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 1/31/2020
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.i To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

How do I know if I have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)
Please check one of the boxes below:

You must enter your name and date
Your Name Today's Date
Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.


iSection 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.


PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.