Newsrooms for Austria, Germany and Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Blick.ch

Focus area: Audience engagement

Blick.ch is one of the largest media platforms in Switzerland. We're striving to be the go-to place for news in the country. Our stories are touching on the every-day lives of the people, told emotionally and compellingly. We're fighting for transparency, uncover abuse, and are not afraid of opinions.

You will be part of the BLICK Community team. We're responsible for the engagement on Blick.ch. Our goal is to transform our website into a platform. We help the newsroom and the audience to connect and to tell stories together. We initiate and maintain discussions in the comment section, publish stories on soft and hard topics with the contributions of the public, and help to find main characters for our reporters. We are engaging our audience with polls and quizzes, handle user-generated content – photos and videos – for our digital TV channel.

Our fellow will have the opportunity to experience every aspect of our team's work during your fellowship.

We're looking for someone who's not afraid to connect with our audience. Someone that has some experience in digital journalism and feels comfortable in an open and trusting team. If you are convinced that the public can improve journalism with meaningful contributions, you're probably the perfect fit. And – since we are based in Switzerland – you should be experienced in speaking and writing in German.

Other competencies that would be a plus: Creativity and imagination beyond traditional journalism.

When: June-July or September-October 2021

Blick.ch

Geneva, Switzerland

Heidi News / Geneva solutions

Focus areas: Data Journalism and Interactives

Geneva Solutions is a new project of Heidi.news. We are a non-profit journalistic platform dedicated to international cooperation and development. The platform is centred around five core themes – Peace & Humanitarian, Climate, Global Health, Sustainable Business & Finance,and Technology – as well as opinion pieces and guest-edited newsletters.

The fellow would support our editorial team with research and fact checking, production of content for our daily newsletter the GS Daily Brief, as well as (pending skills and interest) the development of a project data & migrations

Fellow must have basic knowledge of international Geneva ecosystem (global affairs, UN system, international organisations and NGOs), as well as interest in writing on at least one of our core themes.

Ideally, our fellow is able to work with data / stats and has some examples of published non-academic work.

When: Flexible

Heidi News / Geneva solutions

Other newsrooms in Austria

Vienna, Austria

Der Standard

Focus areas: Data Journalism and Interactives

DER STANDARD is Austria’s leading privately-owned quality news website. Our large community is very active (up to 60,000 postings per day) and keen on debating topics of any kind. DER STANDARD is independent of political parties, institutions and lobbies, and addresses all readers with a high demand for thorough and comprehensive coverage and profound op-eds.

Our fellow will support a three-person team of data and interactive journalists in our newsroom. As a part of this team they will raise themes, create concepts and realise articles. The pieces can range from a convincing single chart with a simple caption to elaborated storytelling formats. Topics can comprise every aspect of public life from politics and economics to demographics, or even arts, lifestyle, and sports.

The fellow should be able to either support us in the scope of
- data analysis: locating significant trends in databases and interpreting statistics by means of e.g. spreadsheets or R;
- or in the development of interactive and/or data visualisations: with the help of programming and markup languages such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Hence the ideal candidate should have a knowledge of coding and/or web development, experience in data analysis or visualisation and be fluent in German and English – and, of course, bring a lot of curiosity.

It is a plus if you have experience with graphics and vector software such as Adobe Illustrator.

When: Flexible

Der Standard

Other newsrooms in Germany

Hamburg, Germany

Der Spiegel

Focus area: Interactives, Design, UX and Visual Storytelling

SPIEGEL.de is the leading news site on the German-speaking internet: fast, up-to-date, precise, profound and entertaining. It went online in 1994 - as the world's first news magazine on the Internet.

With the relaunch in January 2020, we completely transformed the digital SPIEGEL – in terms of design and layout, technology, editorial tools and workflows. The editorial team, which has won many journalism awards, delivers current news, in-depth analyses, multimedia reports and opinion-forming commentaries around the clock – on the web, on smartphones, smart speakers and in the future certainly also on many other devices. The editorial staff works in Hamburg and Berlin.

We are looking for creative minds who care about shaping the journalism of tomorrow. Our team develops new products and services for the publication and distribution of SPIEGEL content via existing and new channels. We work closely with the editorial departments, the analytics team, product management and innovation management – depending on the nature of the project and the challenges to be tackled. If you join our team as a fellow, you will work together with us on editorial innovation projects, independently driving forward parts of them and supervising the necessary collaboration with internal and external partners.

Ideally, our fellow has a background in journalism and a strong affinity for product development – or vice versa. She or he develops and evaluates new ideas from the user's point of view, enjoys questioning established patterns and likes to work with design thinking methods. Our fellow should have a strong technical understanding and enthusiasm for both structured processes and creative solutions.

When: Flexible

Der Spiegel

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Focus areas: Data Journalism and Interactives

Making quality journalism available anytime, anywhere in the world: That's what FAZ.NET stands for. FAZ.NET keeps its readers up to date about the most important events of the day quickly, soundly and reliably around the clock – on PCs, notebooks, mobile devices and social media channels. In addition to current news, FAZ.NET offers a unique background coverage, smart comments and thorough analysis.

Our fellow will work at the multimedia department of the editorial office. We are curious about original and clever storytelling formats, which is why our fellow will work on the development of data journalism stories.

She or he should be able to produce a story, from its initial idea to the finished product, with interesting data visualisation. Programming skills and a sense of good and meaningful design are very welcome but is not a must.

When: Flexible

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Berlin, Germany

Zeit Online

Focus area: Data journalism and Interactives

ZEIT ONLINE is a leading quality news website in Germany, reaching more than 15 million unique users per month. We publish news, analysis and opinion pieces, using storytelling formats such as video, podcast, photography, interactive graphics and reader debates.

As a fellow at ZEIT ONLINE, you will work on various visual projects that include data visualisation and interactive graphics. You will be part of our Interactives team, working in close collaboration with our data scientists, designers, developers and reporters. You will be a full member of our newsroom, taking part in all meetings and conferences. Our entire editorial staff is currently working from home. At the end of your fellowship, you will have a good understanding of how ZEIT ONLINE works on a day-to-day basis.

We will value skills in UI/UX design, front-end or back-end coding or data analysis. Ideally with a good command of German language.

When: Flexible

Zeit Online

Berlin, Germany

Der Tagesspiegel

Focus areas: Interactives, Design, UX and Visual Storytelling

Der Tagesspiegel is the daily newspaper with the highest circulation in Berlin, both in print and online. Our mission is to provide the best in-depth coverage of both political and local developments in the German capital.

With the recently established „Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab“ we try to shape the forms of storytelling of tomorrow today. We have a strong focus on participatory crowd investigation, data-driven reporting, visual stories, machine learning and the development of appealing forms of other storytelling for online audiences.

You should have experience in UX design, infographics, web development, illustration or graphic design. You should be able to work with a diverse range of people and be very interested in political, urban or scientific developments.

Other competencies that would be a plus: Experience in UX design, dataviz, infographics, web development or graphic design is quite necessary. Ideally, you have already worked with dataviz and/or editorial teams. Creative skills like drawing, creative writing, photography or film are also a plus.

Diverse applications are welcome. Everybody who has the right skills is welcome to apply

When: Flexible

Der Tagesspiegel

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