Policy Reporter

Modern Healthcare, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedNovember 28, 2018
IndustryTrade Publications
Job StatusFull-time

Modern Healthcare, the authoritative source for healthcare business news, is seeking a full-time, Washington, D.C.-based correspondent to cover the healthcare policy and regulatory beat. Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs are a major coverage area for this position.

This position will be expected to track policy, rules and regulations created by federal agencies and commissions that allocate funding to the nation’s healthcare organizations. The reporter will be expected to generate story ideas and analysis for a sophisticated audience that includes industry executives—hospitals, insurers, physician groups and more; lobbying groups, policymakers and legislators. The reporter will be expected to develop sources in regulatory agencies, and connections on and off Capitol Hill, including trade groups and healthcare lobbying associations. Reporter will also work closely with our data unit to reveal trends and issues affecting the industry.


Basic Qualifications

  • B.A. in journalism or related field
  • A minimum of five years of healthcare business reporting experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and file clean, concise, and comprehensive copy on complex issues with a high degree of accuracy, balance and relatability
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and must be curious and able to generate enterprise feature ideas
  • Must have attention to detail, industry knowledge and the ability to interpret data for trend stories
  • Ability to work with editors to develop story ideas, schedule them and deliver them on time while keeping in close touch with editors about developments on news beat 
  • Ability to digest large amounts of information, “see the story,” and execute with urgency as needed
  • Must demonstrate an ability to mine legislation and regulatory filings for incisive stories
  • Ability to work remotely from your Washington, DC home-based office while keeping your editors and colleagues informed of your assignments and developments
  • Minimum of three recent clips



  • Graduate degree preferred, but not necessary
  • Experience covering Capital Hill
  • Experience covering regulatory agencies, Congress or healthcare policy issues
  • Experience developing sources in regulatory agencies, on and off Capitol Hill, including trade groups and healthcare lobbying associations
  • Candidates most likely to excel in this position will be ones who are self-started, motivated by excellence, competitive, curious, and also enjoy being part of a team
  • Web publishing, multimedia and social media experience
  • Interest and skills in database journalism

Brand Overview

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. We report on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through our weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Our readers use that information to make informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It’s for this reason that Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives.



Company Overview

Crain Communications has been at the forefront of the publishing industry for more than a century. Combining information with innovation, Crain delivers the story you can’t get anywhere else. As a privately held company, we maintain a personal responsibility for elevating our work to be the best it can be. Every editor, reporter and correspondent at Crain shares the responsibility of ensuring the editorial independence and importance of our work. With an Audience First focus and uncompromising integrity, we strive to make a real impact for the individuals and industries we serve. While other media companies report the news, Crain gives it meaning. We add context to content, infuse information with insights, and initiate connections as well as conversations.

Crain Communications offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment. This is a great time to join our organization -- a profitable, well established publishing leader.





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