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Investigative Data Journalist


Chicago, IL, US, 60602


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.


If you’re an expert data journalist who thrives on finding stories that would otherwise be unseen or ignored, we want your help creating data-driven stories in one of the best investigative units in the country.  CBS 2 Chicago is seeking an Investigative Data Journalist to generate content and support the station's effort to produce award-winning journalism. The Data Journalist’s primary focus will be obtaining and analyzing data sets to identify and generate original stories of relevance and impact in our community.  Also, to work with reporters and the investigative unit to produce unique and compelling data-visualizations and storytelling for all of our platforms.  
Primary Responsibilities:
•    Ideate, research and create data-driven stories with consistent frequency and impact for the newscasts, specials, streams, websites and apps of CBS Chicago.
•    Obtain, analyze and visualize data sets for on-air and online reporting, including summarizing findings, writing narratives, and creating graphic elements and interactives.
•    Perform exhaustive, accurate and efficient computer-assisted analysis using current software, techniques and statistical tools.
•    Understand, interpret and simplify complicated information, and colloborate with journalists to produce impactful reporting and story telling. 
•    Collaborate with and support the work of reporters, producers, graphic designers and website developers to bring stories to publication.  
•    Maximize skills and experience to advise others and lead editorially on data projects as well as oversee the data work of colleagues as needed.
•    Efficiently maximize newsgathering and investigative tactics to obtain information and story elements, such as developing relationships, cultivating sources, strategically landing interviews, and navigating open records laws.
•    Solicit and vet tips and story ideas to identify and prioritize original, timely and topical investigative stories with broad value to the audience.
•    Urgently develop and execute investigative angles to elevate breaking news coverage.
•    Work closely with management, journalists and legal counsel in creating accurate, well-documented, bulletproof stories.
•    Communicate frequently and effectively with respect and candor, and maintain highly collaborative, productive working environments and relationships with management and news personnel.  Represent company professionally at all times in public interactions.
•    Must be willing to work an unpredictable and flexible 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.
•    Advanced skills required in Excel, Access, SQL and GIS or other mapping software.  Additional knowledge in systems such as Python and R preferred.
•    Advanced CMS skills required, plus expertise with systems such as Tableau, Infogram and Flourish to create interactives.  Basic scripting and HTML knowledge preferred.
•    Excellent reading, writing, spelling, grammar and organizational skills required.
•    2+ years’ experience as a data journalist and journalism degree preferred.


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. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access. as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. 

Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago