Introduction and Description
St. Louis Public Radio is looking for an inquisitive and savvy reporter to cover health policy. Our coverage area includes major academic medical centers, rural mining towns, and high-poverty neighborhoods where a resident's life expectancy is 18 years shorter than that of their peers just a few miles away. You'll cover the health implications of decisions in Missouri's state legislature, which voted down Medicaid expansion and has approved some of the strictest abortion laws in the country. And you'll meet some of the most tenacious grassroots organizations working to improve health outcomes in the metro area.
St. Louis is a fascinating microcosm of the deepest issues facing the nation today, and it's a great place to be a health policy reporter.
We’re looking for someone with deep knowledge of health, health care policy and research. A passion for reporting on pure science and environmental stories would be nice to have, too. The ideal candidate should have a record of journalistic excellence, a passion for storytelling and enthusiasm for digging in to complicated issues.
Expectations and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will:
Be able to identify relevant, health and science-related stories, put them into context and explain them in an engaging manner;
Have the capacity to understand issues relevant to the region;
Have a background in health and/or science and be familiar with trends and issues;
Be willing to experiment with multiple forms of storytelling for the web, radio and mobile;
Possess the wisdom to recognize when national stories have particular relevance locally and to know the best way to tell them.
Help foster community discussion around health care, health policy -- and perhaps also science or environmental issues -- that are impacting the region.
A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, science or a related field is required. The candidate must have a minimum of three years reporting experience in a professional newsroom. Successful previous public radio reporting and digital editing experience is desirable.
December 31, 2017
To be considered for this job, please include with your online application:
Work samples, either audio or written, that have been published or broadcast, linked within application materials or emailed to Shula Neuman: firstname.lastname@example.org;
A cover letter outlining why you are a good fit for this position;
Two story pitches;
If you have any questions about the Health Reporter job, please call (314) 516-7353.
For complete job posting and benefits information, please visit The University of Missouri - St. Louis Careers page. Apply online only. Job ID: 24546.