The Miami Herald is looking for a versatile and enterprising reporter to cover one of the most critical beats of the day: health.
This reporter should be comfortable delivering a diverse range of coverage: breaking news on fast-moving health threats like COVID; enterprise that breaks new ground and puts such issues into perspective; consumer-focused service journalism that helps readers navigate a complex healthcare landscape; watchdog reporting that exposes harmful disparities in our healthcare systems; and amid those complex issues, stories that offer hope and things our readers can act upon.
Accountability and utility are at the core of this beat, and the reporter who tackles it should have a passion for watchdog and service journalism.
Strong reporting and writing skills and excellent news judgment
The ability to develop a strong source network in a range of communities and institutions
Facility with public records and data
The ability to see and prioritize stories of greatest potential impact or audience
The ability to post breaking news within minutes
Openness and enthusiasm to use alternative story formats, multimedia storytelling, and open-source, plug-and-play graphics tools
Demonstrated ability to use social media and shoe leather to reach audiences
Unwavering commitment to representing the diversity of our community in coverage,
Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of personalities and teams
Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that will be fast-paced, data-driven, and always evolving, shaped constantly by experimentation and feedback
- This is a position for a reporter with a college degree and several years' experience.
This job is generally a weekday shift, with flexibility to work some weekends, evenings and holidays.
While the position is based in Miami, there will be flexibility in workplace arrangement.
Proficiency with AP style and a strong command of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Understanding of and adherence to professional journalism standards for fair and accurate reporting.
- Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).
Don’t worry if you don’t check every box. And tell us if you have moves that we haven’t described that also are important.
The Herald strives to attract journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds into our newsroom, including African Americans, Hispanics, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. We encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.
With your application, please include your resume, five samples of your work, and a letter outlining how you would find stories and audience in this position.