(Closed) Newsroom developer

We are looking for a developer with interest in the news media to join our newsroom development team. The successful candidate will join five other developers and a product manager, who are working to change the way our journalism is produced for a highly-engaged digital audience.

Help shape our digital transition

The Times is a 230 year old newspaper, the longest publishing national daily, and The Sunday Times is the UK’s widest-reaching quality Sunday newspaper.

Our subscription-based business strategy provides us with a meaningful relationship with our readers and allows us to work directly for a dedicated, passionate group of news-junkies, who expect a best-in-class experience online as in print.

Responsible for work such as the 2017 General Election hub, ‘Could you be an assistant referee’ video game, and The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, you will use your judgement to inform how we best tell stories digitally.

Use best-in-class technologies every day

We are a team that move quickly at the cutting-edge of web development. We primarily work with the latest in JavaScript, both on the frontend and the server with Node.js. React is our preferred front-end paradigm, and we use Flow, Docker, Webpack and more in our deployment pipelines.

We are happy that there are different tools for different jobs, and are not scared to move into new areas or try new technologies when the opportunity arises, and enjoy experimenting with whatever gets the job done best.

Hone your skills with challenging projects

The team you will join works between short term agenda-setting stories decided with a few days notice; medium term newsroom projects, special supplements, and events such as the election and global sports; and long term tooling programmes and initiatives to improve The Times and Sunday Times’ abilities to move quickly in a digital world.

Day to day you’ll be…

  • Building out new tools for the newsroom based on direct feedback from our staff
  • From your first few weeks, taking the lead on smaller projects where you will be the on-point developer
  • Giving and receiving feedback in thorough code reviews of the team’s work
  • Working on the entire process of a project, from prototype and ideation, through to delivered product
  • Thinking about how we can improve our output, and suggesting ideas to achieve that
  • Sharing your learnings on the latest trends in media and technology with the team in our Slack channels
  • Working with agility and freedom, without a prescriptive framework

Essential Requirements

  • Experience working as a developer in a professional capacity (not necessarily at a news organisation)
  • An interest in the news agenda and journalism
  • Experience in writing modern JavaScript, CSS and semantic HTML for frontend web development, including modern automated testing methods
  • Experience with backend technologies such as NodeJS and PHP
  • Experience with common database technologies, both SQL and noSQL
  • Experience with Git as a version control service
  • Experience working directly with the CLI in the terminal
  • Familiarity with cloud computing providers
  • Appreciation for web performance and accessibility


  • A healthy understanding of user-experience and design
  • Previous experience working on large-scale software, especially with a microservice architecture
  • Experience working with React and the surrounding JavaScript ecosystem
  • Previous work using AWS as a cloud service provider
  • Familiarity with serverless (lambda) and application orchestration services (elastic beanstalk/docker)

To apply please send a CV and cover letter and include, any open-source code you have written, any projects you have worked on

Apply with a covering letter and CV by April 8. To apply you must have the right to work in the UK.

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About the digital team

The Times and The Sunday Times represent a combined 400 years of covering news and providing comment and analysis on the UK and the world.

We are authoritative, credible, responsible, trusted and a part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

This role will join our cross-title digital strategy team which includes data journalists, newsroom developers, multimedia journalists, interactive news producers and audience development experts. These teams are charged with finding and telling stories on our digital platforms in the most appropriate formats and empowering the newsroom to present stories in new and innovative ways.


You can discover more about the benefits of working at TNL (beyond joining a great team!) here. You’ll find more info on everything from Gym memberships to volunteering opportunities.

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