Health Care Reporter II or Sr Reporter

American Public Media (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

Posted 2 months ago

Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG’s primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role:

MPR News is seeking an experienced and creative reporter to cover health care for our award-winning newsroom, the only statewide public media network in Minnesota.

This isn’t your typical health care beat. You will focus on public health – the major threats and responses – at a time when public health coverage is more critical than ever. In addition to public health, you will also cover wellness, disease prevention and health disparities. Our audience cares deeply about health care, and you will engage with them to find out what they’re curious about and what matters to them. 

You should be an innovative reporter with a track record of breaking news and telling engaging stories in any medium.

Digital skills are required. You’ll produce content on audio and digital platforms and use social media to engage with the audience. You’ll have a key role in crafting coverage that reaches across platforms to a statewide audience.

As our lead health reporter, you will be up to date on public health – surveillance, response, messaging, key players and trends. You will also be knowledgeable about the healthcare industry, from spending and drug prices to the ways health benefits are changing. You will be able to cut through the jargon and politics surrounding healthcare policy and the insurance industry to reveal what matters most to people. And you’ll also tell stories about the broader topic of health – how to stay healthy and prevent disease. You’ll work with our reporters who cover mental health and the politics of health care, and will appear on our talk shows to discuss your beat.  

Your schedule will be Sunday through Thursday, with Sundays focused on reporting for our key Morning Edition audience on Monday mornings. 

This position will be either a Reporter II OR Senior Reporter position depending upon the most qualified candidate’s experience.  The Senior Reporter is a higher level position that varies from the Reporter II level to include the following attributes in addition to those outlined under “Position Responsibility”:

  • Brings complicated ideas to air with little need for direction
  • Regularly sets fresh directions in stories – thinking outside the box
  • Determines process approach and necessary resources for a given project/assignment
  • Adapts procedures to accomplish more complex tasks
  • May lead the work of interns
  • Train and be available for substitute hosting
  • Serve as lead on special projects/series

Application Deadline: April 28, 2020

Position Responsibility:

  • Pitch and report ideas for daily spots, features and digital content on key health care issues.
  • Cover a variety of assignments plus an area of expertise.
  • Produce for website with writing and photography (supplying additional audio, visual material, related Web resources).
  • Deliver substantive reports quickly on varied subjects as shows need.
  • Deliver reports as live or live-to-tape recorded two-ways.
  • Report special projects/series.
  • Maintain a wide variety of sources.
  • Operate production and studio equipment and facilities. 
  • Gather information and audio for reports and programs; produce or assist in producing special programming, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned, including meetings and other events.

Required Education and Experience:

  • BA degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years reporting or similar experience. Senior Reporter level:  7+ years of experience in journalism, reporting and editing.  

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Consistent ability to deliver well-written stories.
  • Experience producing digital content and a desire to produce it.
  • Distinctive sound of voice and writing.
  • Able to work simultaneously on short- and long-term projects.
  • Capacity to deliver quick-turnaround reporting.
  • Pitch original ideas and turn them into stories.
  • Ability to develop stories with multiple interviews, scene changes and strong knowledge of subject matter.
  • Ability to find unexpected angles in stories.
  • Ability to handle broad variety of complex assignments.
  • Ability to set fresh directions in stories.
  • Demonstrated reporting and production skills.
  • Ability to maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of balance and fairness.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Skill in creative use of sound, writing and storytelling.
  • Ability to develop mastery of all recording and production equipment and techniques.

      Senior Reporter level (in addition to the bullets above):

  • Wide and deep knowledge of public health; developed source network
  • Capacity to do live reports and host two-ways at expert level.
  • Ability to deliver sophisticated analytical reporting.
  • Depth of knowledge and experience within a specialization and breadth in terms of general industry knowledge.

 Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Radio reporting experience
  • Experience contributing to live broadcasts as a reporter
  • Digital production expertise

Reporting To This Position: None           

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. 

Apply here.

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