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★☆★☆Bloomberg Businessweek is hiring an editorial cartographer!★☆★☆

The Bloomberg Businessweek graphics desk makes neat chartsmapscomics and explainers for both print and web, with equal enthusiasm for daily, weekly and long-term projects. As part of the award-winning Businessweek design department we emphasize original thinking and close work between designers and devs to try new things. If you have a nose for reporting, know that “the numbers don’t lie” is itself a lie and the phrase “data viz” makes you cringe, then talk to us. You’ll get a lot of creative freedom, a competitive salary, and the chance to shape the graphics presence of an extremely good outlet.


You should have: an editorial mindset with an eye for design. You'll be the one gathering data, cleaning it up with Excel-fu or your database of choice, plotting it, and then tweaking it endlessly as art directors hassle you about your color choices and line weights. You gotta be independent, too: editors won't march up to you with a list of how a map should look and what it should include. That comes from you. You're the map queen/king of this tiny, tiny castle.
You should know: the useful parts of Creative Suite, ArcGIS/QGIS, PostgreSQL + postGIS, familiarity with GDAL, Python, and d3js required. MAPublisher a plus.
You should be able to:

  • Know how to dig out raster and vector datasets on tight deadlines, e.g. find that one shapefile in a haystack of awful county websites
  • Cobble together an interactive map with Leaflet.js
  • Do a bunch of joins and queries with postGIS
  • Make a hillshade, then make the rest of the map look just as cute
  • Whip out a competent lil’ static locator-style map within 20 minutes when news breaks
  • Come up with a rickety geocoding workaround for when one has too many addresses and not enough API keys
  • Pick up the phone and call whoever maintains the file you’re poking around when, inevitably, you can’t decipher a field name

If any of that sounds like you, send a cover paragraph, resume, and a few projects you did/are working on/want to work on to:
bizweekgraphics [at] gmail dot com.

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