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JOB: Freelance News Developer, MSNBC Digital


Freelance News Developer, MSNBC Digital


This role will be part of the Product Design group at MSNBC Digital. The Product Design team at MSNBC Digital is responsible for the digital presence of MSNBC and has the responsibility of providing best-in-class user experiences for MSNBC’s digital product portfolio. Our team is small but mighty and includes visual designers, a UX designer and a data visualization developer. We interact with numerous stakeholders across the organization including writers, editors, photographers, producers, product managers and others.


The freelance news developer will be primarily working on a series of related long-form multimedia features, each of which will be released approximately every 3 weeks over the next 6 months. Additional work is also a possibility, including site work for as well as prototyping for new products. Please note this job will start at 25 hours per week for 6 months, with the possibility of increasing to 40 hours a week depending on fit and need.


Qualifications & Responsibilities:


  • Minimum 3 years of experience coding semantically-correct, standards-compliant websites

  • Demonstrated proficiency with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery (and other Javascript libraries)

  • Demonstrated proficiency with mobile development best practices (i.e. responsive design, progressive enhancement, graceful degradation)

  • Ability to code solid cross-platform experiences

  • BS degree (or equivalent work experience) in Computer Science or related field

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • A portfolio that demonstrates aptitude, skillsets and accomplishments


Nice to Haves:


  • Interest in news and politics

  • Drupal Theming experience or equivalent (i.e. WordPress, Joomla, etc.)

  • Experience working as a visual or UX designer on web projects

  • Experience completing data analysis and data visualization, especially using tools such as SAS or SPSS, use of D3 libraries, jQuery, Protoviz, etc.


What We’re Looking For:


  • Self-starter who can thrive in a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction

  • An aptitude for team collaboration and open communication

  • Experience communicating and working with different departments across a large organization

  • Experience working in a fast-paced and innovative development environment

  • Someone is looking to learn and is dedicated to their technical craft

  • Someone who committed to developing the best experiences possible


NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.