Data Journalism Trainer

Location:

The Philippines

Part Time/ Full Time:

Full Time

Who We Are

Thibi is a data and design consultancy that specialises in helping media and civil society organisations become more data driven. Our team has been active in Southeast Asia’s civic tech and open data community for many years, with extensive experience in data visualisation, data-driven web development, and data literacy training. We have worked with organisations such as Thomson Reuters Foundation, Internews, Open Knowledge Foundation, and The Asia Foundation. Thibi is currently growing into a remote team of designers, developers and data trainers based remotely across Southeast Asia.

The Project

Thibi and the Earth Journalism Network are offering an intensive multi-month training program to selected Filipino journalists to produce in-depth data-driven journalism on critical environmental issues. The course, which will run in 2023, will be divided into three parts: one month of Fundamentals of Data Journalism online learning, one month of Intermediate Data Journalism online learning and a two-month Fellowship with story production stipend. 

Our project team consists of data journalism trainers and data analysts who will be preparing and delivering the training materials, as well as designers and developers who will work with the participants to co-create their data stories. We anticipate the stories co-created with the participants will be published in renowned international and Filipino media outlets.

The Role

We are seeking a Data Journalism Trainer to join our team to co-lead the training of journalists for Thibi’s Environmental Data Journalism Academy, a program for Filipino environmental journalists who want to learn data journalism skills. The program will be carried out in partnership with the Internews Earth Journalism Network, and the Data Journalism Trainer will be responsible for:

  • Localisation of the Internews Data Journalism Curriculum - You will be part of a training team of five data specialists who will be localizing and delivering the Internews Data Journalism Curriculum. Tasks may include developing training strategies, initiatives, and materials and testing and reviewing available materials.
  • Outreach to Media Houses for Participant Recruitment - Outreach may include individually contacting and maintaining relationships with journalists with a track record of environmental reporting, meeting with their editors and explaining the benefits of the program and working with editors at media houses during the program.  
  • Hybrid Delivery of the Data Journalism Curriculum - The trainings will be delivered to a cohort of 20-25 journalists both on and offline. You will be expected to either support or lead the delivery, review of participants’ performance and learning as well as facilitating breakout sessions and guiding groups through collaborative production of assigned stories.
  • Mentoring Trainees through Story Pitching and Production - You will be a crucial team member in mentoring participants through a systematic process for creating data journalism, as well as story pitching and the production of selected stories.

Must Have Skills

  • Extensive experience producing long-form journalism - The Thibi team has a lot of data experience but we will rely on you to guide us through the world of narrative journalism in the Philippines and the region, especially around environmental issues. 
  • Familiarity with data or investigative journalism methods - We follow an inquiry-based approach to teaching data journalism so you must be comfortable with developing a hypothesis for an investigation and following a transparent, defensible research process to investigate the story. We are open to candidates from any educational or professional background, but relevant experience in academia, media, or think tanks would be very beneficial.
  • Experience teaching and mentoring  - The most important outcome of the program is journalists with the ability to return to their newsrooms and apply what they have learned to produce regular data-driven accountability reporting. Your experience in mentoring other journalists will be crucial to achieving this result. 
  • Connections with Filipino media organizations - This role involves reaching out to journalists and editors across the Filipino media landscape and convincing them that environmental data journalism is a good investment of their time and resources. 
  • Intermediate data skills – As you will be playing an essential role in developing data-driven content, a good grasp of data wrangling and analysis in spreadsheet software (or more advanced tools) is a must.
  • Interpersonal skills – You’re friendly, empathetic, and genuinely willing to help people with their problems. You’re an expert listener who tends to understand where people are coming from.
  • Communication skills – You express yourself in a clear and concise manner. You can choose the right language in the right context to explain complicated things in simple ways. Since you will be reaching out to journalists in Filipino newsrooms, both written and spoken communication skills will be crucial.
  • Language skills – You demonstrate native or bilingual fluency (both spoken and written) in English and Filipino.  

Nice to Have Skills

  • Advanced investigative or data journalism skills – If you have worked as a full time investigative or data data journalist or graduated from an investigative or data journalism program, we are happy to integrate your methodology into our curriculum.
  • Environmental journalism expertise - The course will focus on selected environmental issues that the Filipino public would better understand through data journalism so any special knowledge of climate, biodiversity, food security, etc. will be an asset. 
  • Editorial experience – The ability to manage multiple journalists working simultaneously on different datasets and different stories will be an asset in this role.
  • Multimedia storytelling experience - We expect participants to come from a range of media - print, online, television, radio, podcasting - so the more experience you have producing content across different platforms, the better. 
  • Interactive storytelling experience - If you have worked as part of a team to produce multimedia content into a compelling story package, let us know. 
  • Advanced data analysis skills – Familiarity with performing data analysis in SQL, R, or Python, and no-code data visualization tools such as Datawrapper and Flourish is not necessary but will definitely be helpful.

The Culture

  • Taking initiative – We are self-starters. Our team members take responsibility and act on initiative instead of waiting for instructions.
  • Broad interests – We’re a tech company, but our team members entertain a wide range of interests from poetry and surfing to lacquerware and art history. We deeply value people with interests beyond technology.
  • Diversity – We welcome and cherish teammates and collaborators who represent a variety of backgrounds and life-experiences, be it culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual-orientation or religion.

The Details

This is a fully remote, full-time position requiring 40 hours of work per week. It is for a 12-month contract.

Thibi is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability or sexual orientation.

Interested? Please send your CV and cover letter to work@thibi.co.

We will be accepting applications until February 15th, 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.