Appointed as Research Analyst, The Texas Tribune


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Position Description

The Texas Tribune was founded in 2009 as a non-profit, non-partisan, all-digital news source to educate readers about Texas politics and policy. Recognized for its reporting and sustainable business model, the Tribune augments its news coverage with a robust series of live events held across the state of Texas. The Tribune’s reach extends across the nation as well, thanks in part to its partnership with The Washington Post. The Tribune’s current news platform includes two websites (one factual and one opinion), in-depth investigative reporting projects, data apps, newsletters, events, and a yearly festival that attracts national political figures and around 3,000 attendees.

The Texas Tribune seeks a recent humanities PhD to work with the Chief Innovation Officer and the digital team to lead the organization’s analytics strategy. By helping make sense of data and news consumption habits, the Research Analyst will help the Tribune fortify its position in the online news space, as well as help it prepare for future challenges. Working with available data, the analyst will provide reflective, deliberate thinking on how quantitative measurement can complement our journalistic and business goals, and distill evidence-based insights into thoughtful newsroom strategies. S/he will create tactical plans for collecting, communicating, and displaying metrics in various departments, as well as working with individual teams (including technology, marketing, business development, and editorial) to find the best internal processes for generating and using data. The analyst will help the Tribune identify measurements and develop strategies that further its mission and maximize its reach and impact.