Midwest Editor/Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Location: St. Louis, Missouri (Remote, until at least September 2021)
Status: Full Time
Program Area: Kaiser Health News
About the Job:
KFF, the non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a St. Louis-based editor/correspondent to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (“KHN”), the national newsroom producing and distributing in-depth journalism about health issues across the country. KHN has a vibrant and ambitious staff based in Washington, D.C., California, Missouri, Colorado and Montana.
We are seeking journalists with a strong interest in exposing the problems and illuminating possible solutions to one of the most pressing concerns of Americans: their health care. We are looking for someone who can both write and edit strong stories on state and regional struggles over health care that can be amplified for a national audience. We want scoops; we want analyses; we want lively people-centric features. We want you to help infuse our coverage with rapid-fire reporting and thoughtful writing on the big issues affecting people in the Midwest. Your job is to make sense of policy-making and politics – and more. Be a wonk, but be one who sees the humanity of this job.
The job is primarily a combination editing and reporting job, so we are hoping to find a self-starter who is a constant fountain of ideas and has the skills to whip a story into shape. We’d like you to have four or more years of experience (preferably with significant experience covering health issues). Knowing how to tell stories with data is a plus. Since the corporations that control our health care and the government programs and regulations that finance and shape it are a big part of the story, knowledge of business and policy is essential. Experience editing – or at least an interest in it – would be an asset to work with freelancers throughout the region. Knowledge of the Missouri and Midwest media landscape would also be valued to help develop partnerships with other newsrooms.
We’d like someone who wants to be part of an ambitious and fast-growing organization and can collaborate and contribute to daily stories, big projects, investigations and podcasts.
Tell us why you want to work at this great organization and why no one else could do this job better than you could. We’re excited to hear from you.
We are also willing to pay to relocate you, though we’d prefer a person who already has sources in the region. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and we have enviable health insurance and retirement benefits.
KFF staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Once staff are able to return to the office this full-time position will be based in KFF/KHN’s Missouri office.
More about KHN and KFF:
KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. With a staff of more than 60 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in California, D.C., Missouri, Colorado and Montana, plus dozens more freelance columnists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation. KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. It has no connection with Kaiser Permanente.
KHN provides this coverage on khn.org as well as in partnership with other news organizations, including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NBC and a host of other media outlets. All material is provided free of charge. In addition to publishing in-depth articles on new developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and debates, KHN also produces daily briefings summarizing news coverage of health policy. For more than a decade, these reports have provided readers with daily updates on how the media are covering U.S. health care policy.
How to Apply:
If this opportunity interests you, and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining how your background matches the job requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit these documents as separate attachments, labeled as “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”, and include “Midwest Editor/Correspondent” in the subject line of your email.
KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries, please.
It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender-identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.