The Telegraph - Head of Visual Journalism

The Telegraph
London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
18 Dec 2021

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Full Time
Data Journalist
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Role Overview

Visualisation of data as a role is a fundamental feature in the way that the telegraph approaches storytelling and ultimately sets the news agenda in the UK.

The Head of Visual Journalism at TMG will pitch and work with the design team to produce imaginative and world leading infographics that will shape the news agenda on a daily and sometimes on an hourly basis.

This talented individual will be a specialist in visual storytelling. They will be skilled in interpreting data and understanding its journalistic meaning.

A large proportion of this role will be helping guide a gifted team through the daily challenges of getting under the skin of the intended journalistic messages of the editor-in-chief and his team of editors and orchestrate the highest quality information graphics. This role will require a person who thrives under the pressure of a fast paced newsroom and will be as comfortable with print as well as digital graphics.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be the face of the Visual Journalism team, meeting with stakeholders from across the business.
  • Understand and identify their needs and build a clear vision which can be effectively translated by the Director of Graphic journalism and the team.
  • Mentor and develop your team of 5 direct reports, helping them interpret creative briefs and prioritise work
  • Add fresh vision and imagination to infographics across The Telegraph
  • Take initiative at editorial meetings by being part of the conversation and playing a key role in conceptualising and orchestrating effective infographics.
  • Work with the Creative Director to facilitate best practice for integration of above into all TMG products over all platforms.
  • Motivating and up-skilling the graphics department to work as one
  • Develop the standard of information design across digital as well as print
  • A passion for design
  • Collaborate with the Online Editor, Art Director of Live News, Design Director of Visual Storytelling as well as editors and journalists on the news floor
  • Ensure a consistent style is adhered to for the presentation of graphics across all platforms

Key Skills

  • A detail-orientated manager, who is passionate and confident about presenting stories in a visually compelling way that matches the standard of the Telegraph’s journalism.
  • A wide visual vocabulary and historical knowledge of presentation of maps, data and infographics
  • Excellent at articulating motivation and reasoning behind design decisions
  • Be curious about print and digital media landscape
  • Be highly organised with exceptional time-keeping skills, able to juggle many demands and challenges simultaneously.
  • Proven track record of team management skills.
  • Strong portfolio of work demonstrating quality journalism and design leadership
  • Experience working with online media, digital editions, social networks and digital trends.
  • Experience in the media industry is preferable.
  • A keen interest in news and current affairs
  • Good numeracy skills and management of data
  • You’re able to juggle multiple streams of work, perform well under high
    pressure and have a flexible attitude



The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and equal parental pay (six months fully paid for mothers and fathers), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

The Telegraph’s goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.





The Telegraph is an award-winning, multimedia news brand synonymous with quality, credibility and authority for more than 160 years. 

We are renowned for the analysis, perspective, opinion and insight our journalism provides to a discerning audience. Every day the content we create sets the news agenda, sparking debate and provoking comment.

Our vision, with quality journalism at the heart, is to pioneer new ways to serve 10 million registered users and 1 million subscribers. We’ll achieve this with a constant focus on our journalism, and by using the data and understanding we have of The Telegraph’s audience to successfully grow our revenue streams from subscriptions to advertising, travel, events, and financial services.
We want to capture diversity of thought through our people, create inclusive working environments that allow everyone to be their authentic selves at work while creating a sense of belonging to ensure we have the highest performing teams.

The Telegraph is proud to be a WORK180 endorsed employer for women in 2021.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs and people values, please visit our website. Visit our careers website to learn more about our people and jobs.

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