So, if you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that much of my work is modeled after work done at 538, which is a so-called “data journalism” website that I’ve been a fan of for years. My most popular article, the 1114 is FRC’s Greatest Dynasty article on the TBA blog was directly inspired by a similar 538 article, my event simulator draws heavily from 538’s various interactive sports models, and various other works of mine have been directly or indirectly inspired by similar analyses from 538. All this to say, I like what 538 does.
Back in October, 538 had a job posting for a “Quantitative Editor” position, which is essentially what I’ve been trying to do around here for the last few years with FRC. Since I doubt you guys are ever going to pay me for this kind of work , I thought I’d apply to the position to see where things would go. I have yet to get a response, so I have been working to follow up in these last few weeks. I’ve tried multiple communication routes with no response, I’ve just sent a physical letter and emailed Nate Silver directly, so hopefully I can get a response there.
So this is where all of you come in. I want some way to convey to the hiring team that I am qualified for this job, and a normal letter of recommendation doesn’t seem adequate as all of my standard recommenders would be recommending me for engineering jobs and not a journalism job. So instead, I’m making this thread so that all of you, if you want to, can say nice things about me and I can link to this in an application. I understand that much of my work will not be easily interpretable to the hiring team if they lack familiarity with FRC, so if you could explain why you think I would fit well in this role to someone without an FRC background that would be awesome. Providing direct links to some of my works with short explanations of why you think they are good is fine, but try not to get too technical. I also just sent a tweet to 538 here. So if you have twitter you can like/comment on there.
If things don’t work out with them, at least then I’ll have this thread that I can use to stoke my own ego.
Thanks in advance, I’ve learned so much these last few years with my work, and I still have plenty more to learn, hoping this is the next step in that journey.