Senior Data Journalist

Senior Data Journalist

We are searching for a Data Journalist to conduct public opinion surveys and use the data to develop stories to react to current events, politics and pop culture, as well as explore lifestyle and general interest trends. You will then report the findings in an accessible but authoritative way, balancing compelling copy with data visualization. You will also generate original stories using long-term YouGov data to tap into the underlying public mood that goes beyond the news cycle.

What will I be doing?

  • Brainstorm, research, and write stories for public consumption based on YouGov data
  • Come up with ideas for stimulating survey questions
  • Visualize data with charts and graphs that explain the story at a glance
  • Support the development of daily stories as well as longer-term projects
  • Work collaboratively with researchers, editors, PR, and marketing staff
  • Work on tight deadlines
  • Demonstrate a strategic understanding of YouGov data and its sources, relevance, potential, and value
  • Providing occasional editorial support for junior colleagues and connected teams

What do I need to bring with me?


  • A commitment to rigor and accuracy
  • Genuine curiosity about the society in which we live, comfortable covering current events, politics, social issues, lifestyle, and a slew of general interest topics
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to “read” data and use it to tell a compelling story
  • A knack for knowing what stories will get people talking
  • Self-starter who can work as an individual and collaborate with a team


We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every item on this list. We welcome candidates who want to grow in the role.

  • At least 3 years professional experience and/or an advanced degree in survey research or a related field (such as political science, psychology, sociology, statistics, or communications)
  • Experience writing and fielding surveys
  • Experience of writing accessible, public-facing content
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Interest in and knowledge of current events, politics, and elections

Nice to have

  • Experience working with content management systems
  • Social media savvy
  • An understanding of statistics, weighting, and sampling methodology

Some additional information 

  • This is a full time role. Our preference is for a London-based candidate, but we would be willing to accommodate remote working for the right candidate
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