Job Description

Title: Elections Graphics Reporter – Temporary

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States


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Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPRThis means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 24th at 5PM EST

NPR’s News Apps/graphics team is looking for a civic-minded graphics reporter to join us to cover the 2024 elections. Our team works on data visualizations, information design, creative story presentations and custom tooling to help tell stories in the NPR newsroom. (You can see some of our past work on our team blog and GitHub sites.)

This is a temporary position, running through Nov. 15, 2024, and can be based at our Washington, D.C., headquarters or at a remote location in the U.S. approved by NPR.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to help our audience make sense of the elections, including key issues, results and analysis. Your biggest responsibilities will be to help design and build our results displays for primary season and the general election, and to work on related stories and analysis. You will be assigned other projects as bandwidth permits.

On this team, you will have to work quickly in a dynamic environment. Members of our team wear many hats designer, reporter, data wrangler, developer, cartographer, sysadmin, etc. Depending on your experience and the team’s needs, you’ll also utilize different skills day-to-day. And you’ll work closely with various journalists and storytelling units around the NPR organization and across our network of member stations, including photographers and video journalists, beat reporters and show producers, copy editors, digital editors and engagement editors.

This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.


  • Design and build user-facing election results displays for use on and member station websites
  • Help our audience understand issues in the news through visual storytelling methods, which may include information graphics, data visualization, interactivity and illustration
  • Work closely with individual story producers, editors and teammates to identify opportunities for visual storytelling, data visualization and/or analysis
  • Assess what work realistically can be executed in the time available and meet agreed-upon deadlines
  • Uphold and extend existing design standards for NPR graphics and editorial projects
  • Document your work for teammates, newsroom colleagues and/or external audiences, as relevant
  • Coach other team members, articulating story, design and code suggestions in a helpful and supportive way

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.


Three or more years of experience in news design / graphics (or a similar field)


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience


  • Remote Permitted: This is a permitted role. This role is based out of our Washington, DC office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.


  • Solid news judgment and the ability to think in terms of the information needs of the audience
  • Fluency in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, including responsive web design techniques
  • Proven success implementing complex designs in HTML/CSS
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, or other design/visual prototyping software
  • Cultivate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Cultivate and support an inclusive and equitable workplace culture


  • Demonstrated experience applying user-centered design thinking to editorial work
  • Experience with GIS/mapping software such as QGIS, Leaflet, topojson, mapshaper, or ESRI.
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques, especially in command-line or scriptable environments like Jupyter Notebook
  • Demonstrated writing, reporting and research skills
  • Experience working with the Git version control system


  • This is a temporary full time position.