The Seattle Times, one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country and winner of 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is looking for an energetic, passionate Graphic Artist to assist the Opinion team and be an integral part of the Times’ new “Save the Free Press” voice. As part of this team, you will create compelling data visuals for Opinion and other pages as it relates to the Save the Free Press Initiative. You should have a demonstrated ability to conceptualize ideas to make Opinion pieces more appealing with an eye toward making significant social impact and informing public policy. You should also be able to produce innovative data graphics that can convey the key points in an argument or story.
You will report to the Publisher, with dotted lines to the Editorial Page Editor, Sr. VP of Public Service, and Assistant Managing Editor.
Produce print and digital graphics including interactive projects.
Produce effective graphics for daily use within the established style guidelines for various coverage areas on multiple platforms.
Emphasize appropriateness of style, execution, clarity of visual storytelling, impact, concept, accuracy and a commitment to proofreading and editing all design work.
Take a multi-platform approach to design and storytelling and participate in the associated prototyping, storyboarding and planning endeavors.
Create compelling visuals for various public-service initiatives.
Serve as a member of the Opinion board to offer constructive input on how to best represent a story or argument.
Experience: Must have at least two years’ experience developing and producing at a daily news organization (or equivalent experience).
Education: Four-year degree (or combined equivalent work experience in a related role)
Possess solid research and visual design skills.
Experience with data journalism and associated tools, such as Excel, SQL, R and Python is desirable.
Knowledge of graphics and illustration tools such as Adobe Suite (Creative Cloud or older CS versions).
Established illustration styles
Ability to capture concepts in surprising and delightful ways
Ability to work in high pressure, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Experience/ familiarity with pagination systems and WordPress preferred
Strong communications skills, whether coaching, enlisting support, building teams or negotiating among multiple stakeholders
Respect for a plurality of perspectives, identities and experiences in the Northwest.
Committed to ensure that diverse communities see themselves and their concerns represented in our work.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times, the nationally-renowned and award-winning digital and print media company, is the leading source of news, sports, business, technology, entertainment and other content for the trendsetting Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a news media company with a laser focus on journalistic standards and excellence, we provide clarity above the content clutter and engage readers across digital and print platforms to provide news that matters where, when and how they want it.