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Health Care Reporter For Gulf States Newsroom and WWNO

Job Summary

Health Care Reporter For Gulf States Newsroom and WWNO

University of New Orleans

WWNO and the Gulf States Newsroom are looking for an enterprising reporter to cover health care trends, disparities, and outcomes across the South - in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. This position is part of a regional collaboration in which NPR and Member stations in those three states share content and editorial resources. This reporter's work will appear on the air and online at stations in all three states and occasionally on NPR.

Who We Are

The Gulf States Newsroom is an exciting partnership between WWNO in New Orleans, Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, and NPR. We're working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources, and add reporting power in a story-rich region where too many local news outlets have disappeared. It's part of NPR's collaborative journalism network, an initiative designed to better connect NPR with local member stations to tell the story of the whole country from everywhere in the country. Check out our stories here.

About the Role

This reporter will be based in New Orleans, Louisiana, employed by WWNO, and will work with the managing editor of the Gulf States Newsroom. This reporter will join a team of award-winning editors and regional reporters whose beats include wealth and poverty, environmental justice, reproductive health, and criminal justice. The health care reporter will pitch in on local coverage of their beat and breaking news and will have the opportunity to file for NPR.

A spirit of collaboration is key! We want someone who enjoys working as part of a team and is comfortable in an environment where local, regional, and national needs may necessitate different approaches to storytelling. We're seeking a journalist who listens and communicates well.

We want a self-starter who can:

• Center people over policy and cover trends and patterns in the three states, including health equity and racial disparities in chronic illness.

• Explore the social determinants that influence access to healthcare, quality of care, and health outcomes.

• Follow the ongoing impact of the pandemic.


• Pitch, plan, report and produce audio and digital feature stories to air/publish locally, regionally, and often nationally.

• Develop a robust network of sources that reflect the diversity of the region.

• Report local and regional news spots as assigned by the Gulf States Newsroom Managing Editor.

• Occasionally travel to report stories across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

• Participate in NPR‒Kaiser Health News‒Member Stations Reporting Partnership to expand and publish stories.

• Collaborate with editors and show staff at local stations how to shape on-air two-way discussions.

• Take photos for digital stories.

• Use social media to share work and develop contacts.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time position with WWNO at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The individual hired will be eligible for UNO's employee benefits package including: health, life, dental, and vision insurances; paid holidays; vacation and sick leave; a retirement plan; and more. This is a grant-funded position, with funding guaranteed through April 2024; the Gulf States Newsroom intends to raise funds to sustain the position beyond that date.

Application Process

When you apply, please upload the following documents in the Resume/Cover Letter section:

• A cover letter explaining why you are interested in being part of the Gulf States Newsroom and a story that you'd dream of covering.

• Your resume.

• A document containing two links to reporting samples you are proud of along with a couple of sentences explaining why.

• Names and contact information of three references.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.

• At least two years of full-time reporting and/or producing experience.

• Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines for long and quick-turn assignments.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with audio editing software and audio field reporting.

• Prior experience covering health care.

• Ability to speak a language other than English.

• Familiarity with the Gulf States region.

• Experience with public records requests and data reporting.

The University of New Orleans is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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Organization: University of New Orleans
Location: New Orleans LA US
Date Posted: March 10, 2023
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