|Date Posted||June 20, 2019|
VTDigger seeks health care reporter
VTDigger.org has an immediate opening for a health care reporter.
The successful applicant must be creative, tenacious, ethical, competitive and a team player. Solid researching skills are required. You should be able to easily balance long and short-term investigations along with daily reporting. You should be knowledgeable about how to help our digital team “produce up” your investigations with great engaging content online. You will be working with a team that is committed to fairness and accuracy.
VTDigger holds people accountable, pushes for action and searches for solutions. We are the largest daily news organization in Vermont with 320,000 unique readers a month, a staff of 24 and an annual budget of $2 million. We are online only and nonprofit.
We specialize in watchdog reporting on state government, business and politics. Our work has been recognized nationally as a model for investigative nonprofits and our reporting is frequently picked up by Politico, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
The right candidate for the health care reporting position will have five years of investigative reporting experience.
The health care reporter joins a team of dedicated beat reporters who regularly break news, aggressively pursue public records and pursue investigative stories.
The health care reporter will explore health trends, investigate Vermont’s first-in-the-nation all-payer model, monitor the ongoing expansion of the UVM Health Network and track the small hospitals struggling to stay afloat. As the only dedicated health care reporter in the state, this person will listen to patients and dig in on stories that directly impact them.
The ideal candidate should be:
A self-starter proficient at managing time, developing story ideas and producing publication-ready content with minimal editing and supervision.
Know and care about the health care sector, with a passion for local journalism and how it serves communities.
Resourceful about obtaining public information in a state that routinely limits access to government records.
Adept at collecting and analyzing data and using it to verify and sharpen anecdotal reporting.
Bring complex issues to life through compelling characters and narratives.
Refuses to give up, even when people aren’t returning telephone calls.
Protects the reputation and integrity of self and that of the station.
At least 5 years of professional journalism experience.
Strong reporting and writing skills
Social media skills
Pay and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Anne Galloway, executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org