Health care reporter

Forum Communications Co., Rochester, Minnesota

Date PostedJune 12, 2019
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNegotiable
Description:

Forum Communications is looking for an experienced journalist to live and work in Rochester to cover the business of health and health care, including industry news, research, trends, technology, economy and policy issues.

Your focus will be on Mayo Clinic, which is headquartered in Rochester, and include coverage of the University of Minnesota Rochester’s health sciences.

With a global reputation for healthcare excellence, Mayo Clinic treats 1.3 million patients annually and employs more than 34,000 people in Rochester.

Mayo Clinic is essential to the community, economy and culture.

Forum Communications, a family owned media company, recently acquired the award-winning Rochester Post Bulletin. The health care reporter will help lead our company’s initiative to cover health and healthcare in the Upper Midwest, with a primary focus on Mayo Clinic, and collaborate with reporters inside the Post Bulletin newsroom and across the company.

Rochester is the crown jewel of southern Minnesota and the state’s third-largest city. It was named a Top 10 city in multiple categories by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, and features a culture of diversity, arts, recreation, education, service and events to suit all interests. It also is a short drive to the Twin Cities, with downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul less than 90 minutes away.

As one of two FCC health care reporters, you will work in the Post Bulletin newsroom and produce journalism for the wider company network.

As an ideal candidate, you should be an accomplished journalist who focuses on news of regional or national interest for a variety of health trends and issues related to industry/business/economy, research and development, and policy/regulatory issues.

In the role, you are responsible for producing digital and enterprise components, in addition to breaking news, to provide context and perspective related to health and health care topics.

As a seasoned journalist, you should be comfortable covering breaking news, writing on deadline, producing video stories and still photography and working in a mobile environment on occasion.

In coordination with the director of digital content development, you will plan coverage and assignments for a mix of daily and enterprise reporting while collaborating with others to provide stories for multiple platforms.

Other preferred candidate requirements include at least a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, two or more years of journalism experience (preferably with a background of health or business reporting) and demonstrated command of video and photography skills.

As a reporter, you should have excellent communication skills, be highly organized, detail oriented, effective in using social media platforms and content management systems, able to handle sensitive and emotional situations, maintain confidentiality, balance demands, set priorities, manage multiple issues/projects at a time and produce clean, crisp content in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.

The person hired for the position must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record insurable by the company while carrying an acceptable level of vehicle insurance.

For a detailed description, please visit the FCC job listing. Interested applicants can apply at the link no later than June 22 or send a cover letter, resume and up to five work samples via email to:

Steve Wagner

Director of Digital Content Development, Forum Communications Co.

swagner@forumcomm.com


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