California Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Location: California, southern California preferred
Status: Full Time
Program Area: Kaiser Health News
About the Job:
KFF, the non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a California-based correspondent to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), its editorially independent newsroom distributing in-depth coverage of health issues across the country.
We are seeking a versatile reporter with a strong interest in health and health policy to produce stories for both California and national audiences. We want someone who can quickly turn around news stories, features and trend pieces that are timely and have edge. We’d like you to be able to tackle longer pieces, too. We want you to help infuse our coverage with bullet-proof reporting and thoughtful writing on the big health care issues affecting people in California and the country and also find the hidden stories that aren’t yet being written. Your job is to make sense of policy-making, breaking news and politics — and turn that knowledge into relatable stories about people for audiences not enmeshed in policy.
We are hoping to find a self-starter who is a constant fountain of ideas. We’d like you to have four or more years of experience, preferably with some background in covering health issues. But experience in covering business and technology is also a plus, as well as some facility to deploy data in the service of journalism. (We’d also value the ability to speak a second language such as Spanish or Chinese.) In short, we’ll be looking at the suite of your skills and interests, rather than one must-have quality.
We want someone who wants to be part of an ambitious and fast-growing organization and can collaborate primarily with our California team but also our journalists in Colorado, Missouri and Washington, D.C.
We’d prefer a person based in Southern California who already has sources and knowledge of issues in the region, but we are also willing to consider candidates who would need to relocate to California or who would be based elsewhere in the state.
Tell us why you want to work at this great organization and why no one else could do this job better than you could. We’re excited to hear from you.
More about KFF and KHN:
KFF (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) – a nonprofit organization – is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, and health journalism, and is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. 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 is an editorially independent program of KFF. With a staff of more than 50 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in D.C., California, Missouri and Colorado, plus freelance columnists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news.
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, and a host of other media outlets. 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.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and includes an excellent benefits package.
How to Apply:
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and at least three of your best clips to firstname.lastname@example.org labeling your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”. Please write “California Correspondent” in the email heading. And please be sure to tell us all your relevant skills, highlighting those that will impress us. No phone inquiries please.
We are, of course, an Equal Opportunity Employer. KFF will consider for employment all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.