Environmental Health Reporter

North Carolina Health News

Anywhere, North Carolina

Date Posted January 10, 2022
Industry Digital Media, Nonprofit
Specialty Health/Science
Job Status Full-time
Salary $45,000 to $50,000
Website http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org


We're looking for a writer to cover environmental health across North Carolina for NC Health News. www.northcarolinahealthnews.org

We love critters and trees as much as the next person, but when we talk about environmental health, we’re talking about the places where environmental issues intersect with human health. So, this might be stories about coal ash as it relates to water quality for people downriver, it could be explaining how the battles over hog waste might be affecting human health, or delving into PFAS contamination in the Cape Fear River.

We are a ten year old organization that is in the vanguard of North Carolina’s growing group of online-only publications. We are a member of the NC Press Association and recognized for our high-quality reporting (including winning multiple NCPA prizes). Our readership keeps growing and it has exploded since the beginning of the pandemic.

This is a solid opportunity to get out and build on our prior environmental health reporting, to delve into the issues and to do stories that no one else in the state is doing. There are few people in North Carolina doing this work, so if you are doing good work, you’re standing out!

A good candidate must have a license and a car and a willingness to travel some of North Carolina’s backroads, an ability to talk to anyone and at least some experience (if you're a graduate of a journalism program or have prior experience, that will suffice). This is not a position for someone who is primarily an academic writer. We are not prepared to teach you to write a lede or a nut graf. We need you to have a solid grasp of journalism basics on day one, that said, you’ll have the opportunity to work with experienced editors and colleagues who can help you shape stories.

Knowledge of health care or science is a big plus. Knowledge of/ experience with multimedia or social media are also a double big-plus (send examples). Spanish language skills are a big plus.

This is a job where you write about what a community is doing to reduce the amount of a contaminant in local waterways, where you might spend some time poring through documents on the EPA website to find a contaminant in a water treatment plant or where you go out into the woods with folks who are foraging foods (these are all from stories we’ve done). You’ll be talking to physicians, scientists and local health officials, sure, but you need to also get out and meet people who are being affected by environmental health issues. Those could be people who are dealing with contaminated water, it could be those who are participating in an innovative new program.

We’ll help you find those first stories, we have the contacts and some ideas of where you need to go. Our outgoing environmental reporter is still around and has said he will help you get up and running, and share contacts and story leads. But as time goes on, you’ll be expected to develop your own contacts and story ideas.

Your travel expenses are covered. Salary is competitive, and includes benefits such as health, dental and we're launching a retirement savings plan.

Your work will be published in North Carolina Health News, an outlet with a national reputation for excellence, and you'll receive the mentorship to take your stories to the next level. Don't let our small size fool you, NC Health News consistently "punches above [our] weight," and is an integral part of the North Carolina news ecosystem. Your stories will often be carried by our North Carolina partner organizations: in 2020, more than 100 publications republished, digested or referenced our work (e.g. they wrote editorials based on our reporting).

Send a cover email of interest, along with a resume and links to 3 published stories to editor at northcarolinahealthnews dot org

WE WILL ONLY CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION IF YOU INCLUDE A RESUME AND THREE WRITING SAMPLES. Academic writing samples (e.g. studies or papers you wrote for class) are not acceptable. Samples need to be of published materials. Do not call or you will be immediately disqualified.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Occasional nights and weekends may be required, but we'll give you the comp time.

North Carolina Health News is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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