Washington, District of Columbia
|Date Posted||January 19, 2023|
|Salary||$110,000 - $140,000/annually|
About KHN and KFF:
KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. With a staff of 80 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in California, DC, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, and Montana, plus dozens more freelance columnists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF. KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation. KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. It has no connection with Kaiser Permanente.
KHN provides this coverage on khn.org as well as in partnership with other news organizations, including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NBC, and a host of other media outlets. KHN has won numerous journalism awards for its coverage. All material is provided free of charge. In addition to publishing in-depth articles on new developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and debates, KHN also produces daily briefings summarizing news coverage of health policy. For more than a decade, these reports have provided readers with daily updates on how the media are covering U.S. health care policy.
You will join KHN’s entrepreneurial and ambitious Broadcast and On-Demand team as co-editor of Health Care in the States: the longtime reporting partnership between KHN, NPR and its member stations, which has for more than a decade produced compelling radio and feature-length web stories on health policy, while offering training and support to a generation of health journalists.
In 2023, together you and your counterpart from NPR’s Science Desk will manage and shape the next phase of the collaboration.
- Identify, recruit, and manage relationships with radio station managers, news directors and reporters eager to participate in the collaboration
- Manage story assignments to help KHN and NPR report on health policy from underserved markets around the country
- Edit radio and digital stories for edge and impact. We’re seeking a radio native who can also shepard digital articles edited to stand on their own with a nut graph and structure specific to the needs of a print story.
- Monitor health policy trends to spot state and regional news that can be amplified for a national audience to add insight, new angles, and depth of coverage.
- Proactively communicate with member-station reporters to shape ideas, help interpret health policy events, find sources, frame angles and structure stories
- Urge station reporters to tackle the stories most critical to their local communities and regions
- Commission and craft health policy training opportunities throughout the year - via tele-meetings, and in-person at the annual gathering of member-station reporters
For the right candidate, this could be a “coach-player” position. In that scenario, you will work primarily as an editor, but several times a year suit up and pinch-hit as a reporter, or lead a pinwheel reporting assignment with two or three member station journalists.
In addition to your work on Health Care in the States, at KHN, you will:
- Write or edit spot-length health stories for our commercial radio partners, based on KHN’s digital stories.
- Assist in radio edits, 2-way scripting, and project management for Bill of the Month, the crowdsourced partnership with NPR and CBS.
- Lead radio-writing training sessions for KHN’s digital journalists
- Add your editorial expertise as we plan in-house limited series podcasts
- Occasionally help vet pitches and develop audio collaborations with outside media partners
- Occasionally join podcast listening and critique sessions
This full-time position will be based in KFF’s Washington, DC office, located downtown near Metro Center. KFF is currently working a hybrid schedule and requires all staff to work in the office a minimum of 2 days a week, with a longer-term hybrid policy of 3 days a week.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- 3+ years reporting/editing health or health care stories
- 3+ years writing/editing short features and news spots for radio or audio
- 2+ years or equivalent experience as a newsroom manager or editor
- Deep understanding of NPR programming and the requirements of the radio clock
- An ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain high-quality work amid competing deadlines, and to take initiative and solve problems.
- A commitment to diplomatic and constructive critique
- A coach’s attitude when working with journalists of diverse experience levels: from a reporter crafting their first story for national radio to a veteran who will undoubtedly teach you a thing or two.
- Skill building relationship with, inspiring and guiding the work of reporters and colleagues in newsrooms across the country, who are not your direct reports
- A health policy news devotee, ready to preach the gospel of translating health policy into people-centered storytelling
- Someone who knows the storytelling power of a tightly crafted 3:45 radio feature — and the equal news value of a :45 spot story that reaches millions of listeners
- A healthy sense of humor
- Someone who writes with lots of voice and personality when a story calls for it
- A command of radio-writing craft that is so ingrained that you can compassionately teach those skills to others
The annual salary range for this position is between $110,000 and $140,000. Offers are based on the candidate's years of experience and KFF’s practice of upholding salary equity. KFF also offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.
How to Apply:
If this opportunity interests you, and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please click the button to apply.
In your cover letter, tell us about your vision for the future of the Health Care in the States partnership and why your relationships across and knowledge of the broadcast industry make you a lead candidate.
KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries, please.
KFF requires all employees to provide proof that they are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.
It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.