Helicopters, HTML & democracy: be a HACKER-JOURNALIST
Making software in the newsroom is the best job I’ve ever had.
It’s great work, and it’s for a purpose. We’re not here to “save journalism” (whatever that means) — we’re here to save democracy.
- A passion for the news
- Serious programming skills
- An understanding of the inner workings of the web
- Attention to detail and love for making things
- A genuine and friendly disposition
On any given day you might implement a responsive web design w/ HTML5 + CSS3, explore a dataset with a reporter looking over your shoulder, or help invent new ways to report the news.
Bonus points for…
- Experience flying quad-rotor helicopters or mapping balloons
- Information / graphic design
- User experience / usability / empathy
Let me persuade you
The newsroom is a crucible. We work on tight schedules with hard deadlines. While this may seem stressful, it’s got a serious upside. Every couple of weeks we can learn from our mistakes and refine our technologies. It’s a fast-moving, volatile development environment that will make you a better programmer.
Also, it’s damned good fun.
You will speak truth to power.
Your work will result in new laws and better government.
You’ll love your job.