Product and Data Developer

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The Connecticut Mirror

Date Posted June 24, 2024
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time

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The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital newsroom that covers statewide public policy and politics, has an immediate opening for a Product and Data Developer to lead the newsroom’s efforts to build large-scale tools and make use of artificial intelligence in our work.

This journalist will be responsible for both assessing and integrating AI-based tools into our workflow and will work with the journalism and business teams on smaller scale projects, like leading analysis for individual stories, and automating a process to repackage our investigative pieces for video.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of artificial intelligence, experience in a news organization or the equivalent, proficiency in building and deploying software, and an enthusiasm for devising new and engaging user experiences. They will also work with senior management to ensure that usage of artificial intelligence meets the highest standards and retains readers’ trust.


  • Oversee our work involving artificial intelligence, including the roll-out of AI tools within the newsroom, and regularly meeting with staff to a) develop goals and a timeline for staff adoption of AI tools, b) provide initial training to staff on the use of AI, and c) provide ongoing assistance to staff in incorporating AI tools into their work.
  • Create front-end tools that make databases accessible to both staff and readers and enable readers to engage with CT Mirror reporting in creative ways.
  • Collect, compile and regularly update data from disparate sources, including town and state websites. 
  • Collaborate with the editorial and business teams to incorporate AI analysis into reporting, audience and fundraising operations.
  • Work with newsroom leadership to develop/regularly update an AI ethics policy and provide guidance around how to communicate with readers about the use of AI in our reporting.
  • Stay up to speed on promising AI and newsroom technologies and how they can improve our reporting and operations.


  • Fluency with SQL, Python and at least some experience with JavaScript.
  • Experience with cloud technologies, like AWS, GCP or Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience leading projects from start to finish, including engaging cross-functionally and with leadership.
  • Familiarity with the foundations and capabilities of AI, such as language modeling and machine learning.
  • At least three years of experience working in a newsroom is preferred, although we will consider candidates with comparable experience outside of journalism. 

CT Mirror was born in 2009 to fill a gap in local news coverage that was the result of downsizing at legacy print newspapers. Since that time, we have become the most trusted source for news about public policy in the state and have grown considerably from our inception.

Over the last few years, we have added a three-person investigative team, expanded our coverage area, diversified our staff to better reflect the population of Connecticut, created a legislative internship program in partnership with Connecticut’s flagship state university, and provided more opportunities for young, aspiring journalists.

Here’s our commitment to the candidate whom we hire:

  • Annual salary of $70,000 to $90,000 depending on experience.
  • Medical and dental benefits, and a 403b retirement savings program with company match.
  • Generous paid-time-off policy which includes four weeks of paid vacation, 14 paid federal holidays and personal days.
  • Professional development and the opportunity to learn from peers at industry conferences.
  • Transparent internal review and feedback process.
  • Cell phone stipend.
  • You’ll work hard because we’re serious about our mission, but you’ll laugh plenty along the way because we can’t always be serious!
  • We embrace the American Press Institute’s Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Newsrooms.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

Please apply by Friday, July 26 by using this link

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Stephen Busemeyer via email, [email protected]. No phone calls please.

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