The Philadelphia Inquirer | Interactive Developer - Technical.ly

Interactive Developer

The Philadelphia Inquirer |  Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

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Reporting to the Innovation Editor you will be part of a small, multi-disciplinary team of editors and developers dedicated to storytelling experimentation both on and off-platform.  Team members work with reporters, editors, designers and developers to create rich story experiences on a wide variety of projects.

About Us:

The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

What You’ll Do

We are looking for someone who works collaboratively, learns quickly and is an excellent communicator. Your portfolio demonstrates strong design work, strong storytelling techniques and UX knowledge. You should also have extensive experience with web development technologies. Any experience with video, photography, illustration, server-side technologies, and/or game mechanics is a big plus.

We want a team member who is passionate about designing and making great experiences. You are an original and critical thinker; can who communicate and thrive amongst a wide range of contributors. You’re also a flexible person who has the patience to collaborate with people of various technical skill levels, and you naturally foster an environment of learning and mature and constructive dialogue.

Who We’re Looking For

  • 4+ years of design experience.
  • Experience in media, or a media-adjacent industry a plus.
  • Strong visual and interactive design skills – a clear grasp of typography, layout, color, motion and behavior.
  • 2 + years with client-side development, including HTML, CSS and Javascript, including frameworks like React.
  • Basic knowledge of Git.
  • Ability to convey interactive story ideas and complex interactions with wireframes and prototypes.
  • Demonstrated ability to envision and direct the creation of presentations that intelligently incorporate visual media and text.
  • Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to adapt to change in a daily, unpredictable news production environment.
  • A pragmatic innovator whose solutions elicit responses that justify the effort and investment.
  • A keen interest in our collaborators and competitors across our industry

Other Things to Know

  • Competitive salary and benefits package that includes a 401(k), on-site fitness center, parental leave, employee profit-sharing, complimentary La Colombe coffee and more.
  • We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Game Room
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What kinds of opportunities exist for technologists at The Philadelphia Inquirer?

It’s a really exciting time to work here. We’re in a unique position right now where we can focus on what we want to do and what we want to build.

Because the industry is changing so fast, there’s a lot to explore and figure out. It’s challenging because it’s completely new territory.

Currently, we’re looking to make 10-15 new hires in Engineering, Design, Product Management, UX Research and Scrum roles.

How can interested job candidates get a better feel for the kind of technical work they might do there?

Visit Inquirer.com. Look at what we’re producing online. We’ve been doing a lot of creative work on the site.

There’s an opportunity to get your hands on so many different types of projects: the website, the app, the digital storytelling of investigative pieces, etc.

What exciting things are happening at the organization these days?

One thing we’ve done recently is to create “The UpSide.” It’s a section of the Sunday Inquirer and Inquirer.com that only features positive stories happening across Philadelphia. It’s a nice way to add light into readers’ lives when the news can feel very heavy.

There’s also been a big push internally for more inclusivity in our reporting. We’re making huge strides to dive into, uncover and report on stories that represent all Philadelphians in all communities. We’re serving an increasingly diverse city and region, and we’re passionate about covering all of it and about making sure our workforce reflects our region.

How does The Inquirer tackle career growth and development?

Though there is no formal structure, we encourage internal growth in many ways.

We love to build from within, from filling roles internally to enabling employees to follow their passions and build new skill sets through mentorship, access to Lynda.com courses, side projects and weekly digital trainings. 

We’ve also just launched our Employee Resource Groups. There is a Women’s, Multicultural, and Volunteer and Veterans’ ERG. It can take shape in many ways. We might bring in speakers, have lunch-and-learns, or host events internally or out in the community. It’s another way for employees to engage, break down workplace silos, get mentorship and professional development, as well as grow in ways you don’t get to on a day-to-day basis at the office.

Tell us about the internal culture at The Inquirer.

We’re mission-driven and that bleeds through every single department. Our goal is always to be the go-to resource for news and information in the greater Philadelphia area. Everyone is very collaborative in that effort. We are all working towards the same goals; it’s very cohesive. 

We have been doing a lot more lately to add some fun and engagement to the office culture. We started First Fridays to encourage people to mingle and get to know one another better, as well as established more social activities like ping pong and sports groups.

What is it like to work in a news organization?

It’s a lot of things. It’s hectic and takes a lot of hard work. But it’s also incredibly inspiring and rewarding. You get to see the impact of your work and the changes that the news you helped deliver has on the community.

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