Data Analyst

Data can be used to provide insights into the world around us and how it affects us. Mustang News is looking for data analysts who would be a part of The Hill, the newspaper’s data and investigations team. We’re seeking applicants who like to ask questions about why and how the systems around us operate and dive into the outcomes of those systems. More often than not, there’s data to help us understand that and data analysts at Mustang News would focus on acquiring datasets, analyzing them and visualizing findings using graphs, charts or even maps. Topics include environmental reports, diversity data, and university spending. 

Published stories and data analysis would be included on our integrated platforms, including web, print and social. You don’t have to be an expert — we’re looking for people who want to learn and develop their data analysis skills. If selected, you will likely work alongside a data reporter to take stories to the finish line.  

We are looking for data analysts who can do the following:

  • Visualize data in R, Python or other programming languages
  • Calculate and interpret statistics
  • Great but not required: 
    • Produce map visualizations 
      • ArcGIS, R or Python packages
    • More comprehensive knowledge of python
    • Eye for graphics, colors, design themes
    • Background in social science research

Time commitment: 10 hours (at most).

We are looking for team players with a drive to learn and passion for uncovering interesting and vital information that should be released to the public. Mustang Media Group members thrive on innovation while ambitiously seeking to hone their craft and serve their communities.

Whether your goal is to gain experience in applying data science skills in a journalism setting or data as it relates to Cal Poly, Mustang Media Group is the best place to get a comprehensive campus experience. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Omar Rashad, the 2021-22 Data and Investigations Editor, at

Compensation: TBD