The Bay Area News Group -- which operates the Mercury News and East Bay Times in the San Francisco Bay Area -- has an opening for a data reporter to enhance our proud tradition of watchdog journalism. The successful candidate will lead our data efforts throughout the newsroom, working with reporters, editors and visual journalists on daily, enterprise and project-level work to reveal the untold stories and explain the trends behind everything from the upcoming census to the most insane housing market on earth. We’re looking for an energetic and accomplished journalist who combines exceptional critical thinking skills with a strong foundation in finding data, understanding it, manipulating it, and presenting it in creative ways for a sophisticated Bay Area and Silicon Valley audience. Show us you are as comfortable battling bureaucrats for public records as you are scraping websites and using APIs. Convince us you are both a font of ideas and a phenom at making things happen -- someone who is always looking for answers, not excuses on why things can’t be done. Help us to hold public officials and the powerful accountable with reporting that changes laws and lives and exposes corruption and injustice. Applicants should have experience with relational databases and SQL; with organizing, sorting and analyzing data using Excel and/or Google Sheets; and with performing deeper analysis using tools such as Python. Three years experience at a major news organization or other high-level journalism outlet is recommended. Interested? Send your resume, a proposal for a data story that the world needs to see, and three examples of your work to Assistant Managing Editor Mike Frankel at email@example.com under the subject line “Data Reporter Job.” Be sure to showcase your vision of how data-driven journalism is redefining how we tell stories for a digital audience.