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Interactive Developer

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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