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Indianapolis Business Journal Published: October 6, 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis Business Journal is looking for a talented news designer who knows how to tell stories through information graphics and page layout and gets as excited about data and Excel as he or she does heat maps and Illustrator. The right candidate has some journalism experience or education, a curious and creative mind, and can work quickly and accurately.

IBJ is an award-winning and growing news organization that covers business, politics and community affairs with a weekly printed paper and daily digital presentation (see us at with 13 different email newsletters. Parent company IBJ Media—which is locally owned and managed—also publishes The Indiana Lawyer every other week, and this designer will contribute to those layouts and graphics.

The designer in this position reports to the editor of IBJ and works with a design staff of three, that includes specialists in layout, illustration and production. But everyone on the team does a little bit of everything. So we’re looking for a multi-talented designer who can be a team player—but will also bring strong data and interactive graphic skills to the newsroom. Recent changes in IBJ Media’s structure mean that designers will work more closely with reporters, with the goal of creating print and online graphics and packages that bring stories to life.

Required skills:

  • An understanding of visual journalism with experience creating information graphics and news layouts.
  • Thorough understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite, with significant experience using InDesign and Illustrator. An ability to prepare photos for print and the web using Photoshop.
  • Ability to multi-task, moving from a timeline in one moment to a bar chart in another, and a willingness to whip up a locator map for the web when news breaks.
  • The drive to meet deadlines but be creative while doing so.

Bonus skills

  • An instinct for finding news in numbers.
  • Experience with Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to shoot photos and video.
  • Web design or coding skills.

IBJ offers a chance to work in an affordable capital city with a metro area population of more than 2 million people but in a smaller newsroom with plenty of opportunity to make a big impact. In Indianapolis, you will find professional sports, world class museums and performance venues, and neighborhoods filled with great restaurants, bike trails and parks.

IBJ’s offices are located on the city’s historic Monument Circle—the literal and figurative heart of Indianapolis, just blocks from stadiums, the Statehouse, the City Market and much more. Our commutes are short, our public transportation is expanding and are city and suburbs are both thriving.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter explaining why the design position appeals to you to Editor Greg Andrews ([email protected]) and Managing Editor Lesley Weidenbener ([email protected]). Please attach samples of your work or include a link to an online portfolio. We’d love to see news projects you have worked on—including small charts and maps and larger layouts, timelines and interactive graphics—and hear about how you tackled them.

IBJ Media is an equal opportunity employer, and our goal is to develop a diverse pool of candidates for this and all positions.