Health care journalist

Forum Communications Co., Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Date Posted July 09, 2019
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Are you an experienced reporter with the savvy and skills to cover the business of health and health care?

A journalist who knows how to dig for answers, write stories in a way that is easy for readers to understand and make complex issues come to life? 

Forum Communications, a family owned media company, is expanding its investment in health and health care journalism to serve audiences across the Upper Midwest.

We are seeking someone for our newly created health care reporting team to focus on business and industry news, research, trends, technology, economic impacts and policy issues for our network of publications. The right candidate can work in either Fargo, N.D., or Sioux Falls, S.D., and collaborate with a company health reporter in Rochester and other reporters working at our newspapers.

This position will focus on Sanford Health, which has an extensive network of hospitals and clinics throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota, and other regional health providers.

Sanford Health is a large employer and essential to the fabric of the communities, economy and culture where they operate. Many of those communities fall within our company's footprint.

Both Sioux Falls and Fargo are fast-growing cities that offer a high-quality lifestyle and provide a vibrant array of amenities, arts, recreation and sports options. (This same position is posted on Journalism Jobs under North Dakota, as we are flexible on work location.)

As one of two FCC health care reporters, you will produce journalism for the wider company network, which boasts 10 daily newspapers and more than 50 publication titles.

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

Applicants can send a cover letter, resume and up to five work samples before Monday, July 22, via email to:

Steve Wagner

Director of Digital Content Development, Forum Communications Co.

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