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McClatchy Interactive Job Openings

McClatchy Interactive Job Openings

McClatchy Interactive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory pre-employment drug test results. Interested persons should send resume to jobs@mcclatchyinteractive.com or apply online.

Video Software Developer

Updated: 05/11/15
McClatchy Interactive creates, deploys, and maintains software that powers over seventy periodical Web sites, including miamiherald.com, charlotteobserver.com, and newsobserver.com (Raleigh, NC). All of the Web sites are hosted and monitored in enterprise-class data centers.
Additionally, McClatchy Interactive supports all of the Web sites with hands-on technical training, consulting services, and 24/7 customer service.

Job Summary:

McClatchy Interactive is looking for a Lead Developer to help build a digital platform for our national video operation. This new initiative will dramatically expand McClatchy's video efforts and will be a centerpiece of the company’s future. This individual will focus on implementing McClatchy’s enterprise video strategy, helping to assess the product roadmap and technical direction. He or she will work on projects to improve the video viewing experience, add functionality and optimize delivery performance across all McClatchy properties and platforms.

A software developer at McClatchy Interactive will design, implement and maintain solutions within the framework of our Escenic content management system as we roll it out to all of the McClatchy Company’s numerous web sites.

Developers work closely with colleagues, the immediate development team and the software lead, the department head, product managers, and others to define deliverables, divide and conquer assignments, design solutions, and write code. Developers also work closely with technical writers to assure product documentation is complete and accurate.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Object-oriented design and development.
  • Web interface development in (template-driven) HTML and JavaScript.
  • Design and development of unit test modules.
  • Peer code reviews.
  • Creation of documentation for both developer and end-user consumption.
  • Providing training to other developers and customer service personnel.
  • After hours availability for emergency issues.


Education: Preferred

  • Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, physics, or mathematics is preferred but not required

Education: Required

  • Four-six years of professional programming experience
  • At least two years in J2EE, Struts and Maven
  • Enterprise scale software development
  • Experience with a revision control system (e. g. Git or Subversion)
  • Experience with developing and integrating one or more video technologies including: JW Player, YouTube player, Google Adx, Amazon AWS, Amazon Elastic transcoder, etc.

Special Skills/Licenses/Certifications: Required

  • Object-oriented software design and development in a team environment
  • Proficient in XSLT, HTML & JavaScript
  • Solid knowledge of Unix or Linux, the command-line, scripting, configuration and administration
  • Experience with Weblogic or Apache configuration (tuning a plus)
  • Customer service skills

Special Skills/Licenses/Certifications: Preferred

  • Software development using Agile methodologies
  • Enterprise scale software design, development and support experience
  • Experience with caching systems (Memcached, Varnish, Akamai, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Video Processing, Audio and Video codecs, and Transcoding Systems

Customer Support Developer

Updated: 05/05/15
As a McClatchy Interactive Customer Support Developer, you’ll be on the front-lines delivering online news to 38 million unique visitors per month. You’ll have a chance to expand your horizons and your knowledge of front-end web development and back end web server operations supporting a large array of products and services to 29 markets across four time zones. You’ll dive head-first into emerging Internet technologies used to deliver text, images, and video to 30 McClatchy-owned daily and 29 weekly newspapers.
If this is the fast-paced and diverse environment you’re seeking, then here’s what we need to see in your resume:
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills;
  • Great forensic skills in reproducing reported problems, then solving them;
  • Proven ability to deliver solutions in the LAMP environment; and
  • A passion for interacting directly with clients, team members, and other departments.


  • Document work through ticket and project management tools.
  • Assist clients in the use of our products and best practices.
  • Build solid understanding of our products and how to utilize them.
  • Quality assessment of work before going to production.
  • Develop and maintain software solutions to support our products.
  • Organize and prioritize duties in relation to department goals.
  • Serve as on-call support when assigned.


Demonstrate a proficiency delivering web pages using HTML, CSS and JavaScript; Hands-on experience with Perl or PHP, MySQL, XML, and unit testing; Work using version control and content management systems; and Possess basic understanding of Linux and Apache.


Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field is required or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provided the necessary background and skills to accomplish responsibilities. Ideal candidate is interested in working in technical support/project management. Dependable, professional demeanor, and strong communication skills are required.

Technical Writer

Updated: 04/20/15
McClatchy Interactive creates, deploys, and maintains software that powers over seventy periodical Web sites, including miamiherald.com, charlotteobserver.com, and newsobserver.com (Raleigh, NC). All of the Web sites are hosted and monitored in enterprise-class data centers.
Additionally, McClatchy Interactive supports all of the Web sites with hands-on technical training, consulting services, and 24/7 customer service.

Job Summary:

A technical writer at McClatchy Interactive researches, designs, creates, edits, updates and manages technical documentation for software products and technical procedures. The technical writer will solicit input from subject matter experts throughout the company as well as reviewing design documentation and reference hands-on experience using the software products. The technical writer is responsible for producing and updating software user documentation including release notes, online help text, technical manuals and reference materials. The technical writer is also responsible for internal technical documentation as required for each product and in support of efficient development processes. Reporting to the department manager, the technical writer must be passionate about empowering our user base through timely, accurate product information as well as learning and documenting new technologies.

Major Responsibilities/Activities

  • Update/create product documentation and release notes regularly.
  • Produce and maintain electronic documents for application end users.
  • Produce and maintain in-product help content.
  • Obtain user feedback on documentation.
  • Maintain relevant areas of the company’s intranet, extranet and wiki..
  • Assist product trainers with content for training program.
  • Devise new ways to deliver information to those who need it, when and where it is needed.
  • Organize & prioritize duties in relation to department goals.


Education: Required

  • BA or BS in technical communication, computer science, related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Required

  • Three plus years researching and writing software and/or hardware-related documentation.
  • Experience authoring documents in electronic publishing software; working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and image capture and manipulation software.
  • Experience authoring content in Confluence.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment as part of a team or as a resource for a team.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to understand object–oriented languages, the concepts behind databases, Web-based technologies and IT administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to write with clarity, accuracy, and consistency for appropriate audience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work collaboratively with a wide range of individuals at all levels of the organization.

Experience: Preferred

  • Experience using document templates, style guides, and writing standards.
  • Experience managing a multi-departmental Confluence installation .
  • Experience with JIRA or similar bug tracking system.
  • Experience with Subversion, Git or similar source code repository.
  • Previous programming experience a plus.

Automation Engineer

Updated: 12/04/14
If you understand the importance of automation in an Agile environment, and you know the difference between record and replay tools and a homegrown test-automation framework, then keep reading!
We're currently looking for an Automation Engineer with experience with open source tools like Cucumber and Selenium WebDriver. The ideal candidate would have at least two years developing automated tests in an Agile environment, and may have experience developing the underlying automation framework.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Debug application/environment/test failures from test builds.
  • Write Cucumber Features/Scenarios.
  • Explore solutions to further automation efforts.



  • A bachelor's degree in computer science or related field is required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two years of automation experience using open source tools (not record and replay).
  • Proficiency in Ruby.
  • Understanding of Selenium WebDriver or other browser drivers (Watir).
  • Working knowledge of Cucumber.


  • Development within an Agile environment.
  • Experience with build-scheduler tools, like Jenkins
  • Experience developing automation for mobile apps/web on emulators or actual devices.
  • Experience using Rspec to write integration or unit tests.

Digital Advertising Coordinator

Updated: 10/20/14
The Digital Advertising Coordinator is responsible for the daily placement and management of online advertising campaigns placed on The McClatchy Company’s newspaper websites. This individual must be effective in analyzing ad performance, and committed to nurturing good communication and instilling best practices with our customers.
This individual is also responsible for assisting customers with performance optimization for online campaigns, pulling reports for advertisers, keeping up to date on the latest rich media ad formats and how to place these within the ad management system. In addition, this individual will be responsible for assisting sites with the necessary page tags that are required for running advertisements online through the ad management system McClatchy Interactive supports.

Operational Duties (may be subject to change)

  • Perform the day-to-day ad placement, scheduling and updates for customers, including rich media ad placements.
  • Provide regular reports to customers and site managers on the campaign performance of their advertisers.
  • Backup inventory management team as they assist customers with inventory and campaign performance management.
  • Provide site tagging assistance and ad management system consultation for customers.
  • Trouble-shoot how to use various ad types such as flash, expandable banners, interstitials, etc. for our customers who manage their own advertising.
  • Handle communication with ad customers for any reporting problems, coverage updates, new features in reporting, etc. as it relates to the ad management system.
  • Review current site advertising set-ups and make necessary changes if needed to best structure their ads, based on a thorough needs analysis of their sales goals.
  • Keep up with IAB standards and advertising best practices in the industry.
  • Cross-train on mobile ad process and fulfillment.
  • Cross-train on web analytics system for back-up in pulling reports for McClatchy Interactive and/or our sites.
  • Handle other operational duties that may be assigned by supervisor.


Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Knowledge of HTML and Javascript a plus.

This individual must be highly attentive to detail and thrive in a fast-paced, interrupt-driven team environment. They must be capable of switching gears and being flexible, and be at ease with using online tools and multiple browsers. Additionally, they must be able to effectively troubleshoot complex problems, and be able to work independently.

They must be able to prioritize and multitask while providing superb customer service. Dedication, enthusiasm and energy are required.


Ideal candidates possess a solid understanding of internet technologies, media experience and ad serving knowledge.

Proficiency with MS Office, especially Excel, preferred.