Data Journalist

Do you love numbers and want to use them for good? Are you a pro at discovering data-driven stories no one else is telling? Are you interested in connecting with journalists and readers to make sense of complicated issues? Mother Jones is looking for a hardcore data journalist who can help us illuminate some of today’s most urgent stories and complex topics, including disinformation, corruption, and our other core beats.

You might be a journalist with a serious data-science background or a data nerd with some solid journalism experience. Either way, you should be comfortable finding and analyzing data and then figuring out the most informative, accessible, and creative way to present it to our readers. You should be able to explain to an intelligent, but statistically untrained journalist (or reader) when you’d use a quantile regression or what’s the best (or worst) way to visualize a data set. You’re the kind of person who has opinions about pie charts and #chartfail; your idea of a good time is spending a few hours with your nose in a spreadsheet or tracking down a data set.

At Mother Jones, you’ll have a chance to apply your data superpowers to everything from breaking stories and big investigations to the challenges of building a reader-supported journalism organization. You will conceive and oversee print and digital projects while working with a small but plucky data pod that’s integrated into our editorial team. You’ll be working with editors, reporters, design and social experts, and our audience team, so a passion for communicating with and educating non-numbers people on data issues is a must. Experience with statistics is required. Experience in a newsroom or a comparable setting is also a must.

Our strong preference is for this position to be based in Mother Jones’ San Francisco office.

Salary will be competitive and based on experience.

Mother Jones is a growing, reader-supported nonprofit news organization dedicated to in-depth and investigative coverage of big, newsworthy stories. We have editors who can shape your investigative projects into powerful narratives or help you get fast-moving stories out in minutes. Our deep social reach ensures that your work will be widely seen. Plus, Mother Jones has a healthy, diversified business model that keeps us independent and stable, and a management team that knows that hard work and driving ambition are not incompatible with sanity.

Mother Jones and its parent organization, the Foundation for National Progress, are committed to a diverse and welcoming workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

To apply, please send us a résumé and a personalized cover letter outlining why you’re perfect for this job and vice versa. Email both documents to with “Data Journalist” as the subject line (pdf attachments only please). No calls please.