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NUMBER CRUNCHING

Not all the journalism job news is bad.

From storied publications like The New York Times to digital natives like BuzzFeed, hiring at newsrooms has come to include a whole new category of gig: data, analytics, and platform reporting. This new breed of data-savvy journalist has the chops to build databases, code websites, and scrape APIs, but still has the requisite reporting and writing skills. They could be a data journalist at The Wall Street Journal or a senior social media strategy editor of audience development at the Times. Quartz has a Things Team dedicated to “data-driven, visual, and otherwise creative journalism.” It’s an employment bright spot in an industry plagued by financial trouble.

We wanted to see what impact new categories of jobs are having on the makeup of newsrooms,

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