Data Journalist


Denver, CO, US, 80203



If you’re an expert data journalist who is skilled at finding engaging content that would otherwise be unseen or ignored, we want your help crafting data-driven stories. CBS COLORADO is seeking a Data Journalist to generate content and support the station’s effort to produce unique, in-depth and investigative pieces that no one else is reporting in Denver. The Data Journalist’s primary focus will be acquiring and analyzing data sets to identify and generate original content of importance and impact in our community. Also, to collaborate with our newsroom on breaking news as well as our top stories, to evolve the work of fellow journalists, and to produce unique and compelling data-visualizations and storytelling for all of our platforms. 


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ideate, research and craft data-driven content with frequency and impact for the newscasts, specials, streams, websites and apps.
  • Acquire, analyze and visualize data sets for on-air and online reporting, including summarizing findings, writing narratives, and crafting graphic elements and interactives.
  • Perform extensive, accurate and efficient computer-assisted analysis using current software, techniques and statistical tools.
  • Understand, interpret and simplify complicated information, and collaborate with journalists to produce impactful reporting and storytelling.
  • Collaborate with and support the work of reporters, producers, graphic designers and website developers to bring content to publication.
  • Advise others and lead editorially on data projects as well as oversee the data work of colleagues as needed.
  • Efficiently enhance newsgathering and investigative tactics to acquire information and story elements, such as developing relationships, growing sources, strategically landing interviews, and navigating open records laws.
  • Solicit and vet tips and story ideas to recognize and prioritize original, timely and topical data-driven content with broad value to the audience.
  • Urgently develop and implement data-driven angles to elevate breaking news and top story coverage.
  • Work closely with management, journalists and legal counsel in creating accurate, well-documented, bulletproof content.
  • Communicate frequently and optimally with respect and candor, and maintain highly engaging, productive working environments and relationships with management and news personnel. Represent company expertly at all times in public interactions.
  • Must be willing to work an unpredictable schedule as assigned.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Portfolio required demonstrating visualization and integration of data, combined with compelling, creative writing and design, which results in high-impact, high-caliber storytelling. Experience producing multiplatform content preferred.
  • Data analysis skills required, preferably using Python or R. Basic knowledge of GIS and ability to query SQL databases preferred. Must have skills to assess the reliability of datasets from various sources and clean messy data.
  • CMS skills required, plus experience with platforms such as Datawrapper or Flourish. Ability to create data visualizations using D3 or other charting libraries preferred.
  • Excellent reading, writing, spelling, grammar and organizational skills required.


CBS News and Stations, brings together the power of CBS News, 28 owned television stations in 17 major U.S. markets, the CBS News Streaming Network, CBS News Streaming local platforms, local websites and, under one umbrella. CBS News and Stations is home to the nation’s #1 news program 60 MINUTES, the CBS News Streaming Network, the first 24/7 digital streaming news network, the award-winning broadcasts CBS MORNINGS, CBS SATURDAY MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS WEEKEND EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS and FACE THE NATION WITH MARGARET BRENNAN. CBS News and Stations provides news and information for the CBS Television Network,, CBS News Radio and podcasts, Paramount +, all digital platforms, and the CBS News Streaming Network, the premier 24/7 anchored streaming news service that is available free to everyone with access to the internet. The CBS News Streaming Network is the destination for breaking news, live events, original reporting and storytelling, and programs from CBS News and Stations’ top anchors and correspondents working locally, nationally and around the globe. CBS News’ streaming services, across national and local, amassed more than 1.01 billion streams in 2021. Launched in November 2014 as CBSN, the CBS News Streaming Network is available on 30 digital platforms and apps, as well as and Paramount+. The service is available live in 91 countries. CBS News and Stations is dedicated to providing the highest quality journalism under standards it pioneered and continues to set in today’s digital age. CBS News earns more prestigious journalism awards than any other broadcast news division.  




Hiring Salary Range: $70,000.00 - 90,000.00. 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.


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Nearest Major Market: Denver