Newsroom Graphic Designer

The Portland Press Herald seeks an outstanding, innovative graphic artist/journalist to design infographics, interactives and other works.

We are an ambitious news organization with high standards, and we need a multitalented person to help tell stories visually. This position has several important components:

Infographics: Design informational graphics such as charts, heat maps, locators, tables and other devices that help our readers instantly understand anything from voting patterns and trade data to infection trends and climate change. Occasionally the position calls for elaborate graphics – explaining how a virus is transmitted through ventilation, for instance, or showing how a solar array sends energy into a power grid.

Interactives: Create robust interactives that deepen our readers’ understanding of stories by showing trends over time or through geographic disparities, layering data and databases inside visually compelling interactives.

Art: Make cover images for features and opinion sections through use of photo illustrations, graphic design and artistic use of display type.

Page design: Lay out some pages in some of our advance sections.

This job requires a diverse set of skills as well as the ability to prioritize and meet (sometimes tight) deadlines. Processing large quantities of data will be necessary at times, requiring an unwavering attention to detail and an obsession with accuracy.

The graphic designer works with our assignment editors, page designers, web editors and reporters to determine the best way to present the data that underpins our reporting.

The right candidate for this position possesses these qualities:

  • You enjoy give-and-take and editing, and don’t mind taking a graphic through a few versions to make it perfect.
  • You love working collaboratively as an infographic, interactive or photo illustration is conceived and revised.
  • You come up with lots of ideas for presenting data that helps tell daily and long-range stories
  • . You ask a lot of questions and challenge assumptions.
  • You see interactive potential in every idea.

If you are the best at what you do and share our zeal for ambitious journalism, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You will be part of Maine’s finest and largest newsgathering operation, and you’ll live in a region with an extraordinarily high quality of life. News experience is desired, as is working in a deadline-driven environment. Send your resume and several examples of your work (along with the stories your graphics accompanied, if possible) to Steve Greenlee, managing editor, at [email protected].

We offer:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability & Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k with company match

MaineToday Media is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer.