Health/Health Equity Research Reporter at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted in Marketing 26 days ago.

Job Description:

Harvard University

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Health/Health Equity Research Reporter
Harvard Kennedy School

Job Summary

Today's newsrooms are desperately short-staffed. Too often, journalists find themselves reporting on public policy topics they know little about - from health care reform to climate change.

Journalist's Resource seeks a seasoned journalist to report and write articles, research roundups and tip sheets about public health and healthcare, with a focus on health equity. The job requires the writing and journalistic skills of a daily news reporter and the perspective of a scholarly researcher. We combine academic rigor with the pace of a newsroom.
This position will report to the Program Director of Journalist's Resource. Please note this is full time, benefited one year term appointment from the date of hire.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
  • Respond to and stay ahead of the news cycle by curating and summarizing high-quality public health research for an audience of working journalists.
  • Interview subject experts, including academics and high-profile journalists, to create tip sheets on best practices for covering various health and health equity topics.
  • Curate (or create) images and data visualizations to accompany posts for the JR website.
  • Post pieces to the website using the WordPress content management system.
  • Cultivate and maintain a source list of academic and journalistic experts to help guide your coverage.
  • Engage with working journalists on social media.
  • Contribute articles and expertise to local newsrooms and news collaboratives.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to individual reporters who contact JR for guidance.
  • Interview and create Q&As with high-profile speakers who visit the Shorenstein Center.

Basic Qualifications
  • A minimum of five years of health-related journalism experience, including a minimum of two years in a newsroom.

Additional Qualifications
Any combination of the following:
  • A strong interest in the topic of public health and health equity.
  • Good news sense combined with the ability to recognize and explain high-quality research.
  • Proven project management and interviewing skills.
  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong copy-editing skills.
  • The ability to write clearly and quickly and the willingness to accept editorial feedback.
  • The ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Common sense and comfort with regard to social media.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, PhotoShop and Slack are desirable.
  • Basic familiarity with social science research methods. Knowledge of statistics and statistical methods is desirable.
  • Knowledge of AP-Style is desirable.
  • Experience with multimedia reporting (e.g. data visualization and podcasting) is desirable.
  • Kindness, curiosity, good humor and grit.