Health and Science Reporter
Health & Science Reporter
WNYC is hiring a health & science reporter to join the growing newsroom at the country’s largest public radio station.
Our next reporter knows how to find a story before it hits the mainstream. They know what New Yorkers will be talking about next week -- not just later that day. They know how to blend smart data analysis with compelling storytelling to produce stories that change policies and impact the lives of all New Yorkers. And they can take scientific jargon and translate it into English for those of us who didn’t ace high school chemistry.
Most immediately, this position will be focused on the pandemic and vaccination efforts, but eventually the team will broaden that focus to include environmental justice, health care and climate change, among other science-related topics.
This is a key role in a newsroom that is rapidly expanding and evolving how it covers the most fascinating region in America. The WNYC newsroom strives to make the New York/New Jersey region work for the people who live here, and has ambitious goals to reach new, diverse audiences through impactful, audience-focused journalism. Our reporters produce content for live air, on-demand podcasts and our website, Gothamist.com.
- Report and produce original news stories in both text and audio form that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
- Conceive, source and pitch stories on a variety of topics that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives daily audience habits
- Consistently meet deadlines on any daily news while working on long-term investigations and enterprise stories
- Develop sources that lead to scoops our audience can’t get elsewhere
- Participate fully as a member of the Community Health & Environment team by contributing to coverage plans, meetings and brainstorming sessions
- Effectively coordinate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms
- Enthusiastically participate in newsroom-wide efforts to improve workflows, policies, and various practices as requested
- 3+ years professional reporting experience at a reputable news organization
- Superb communication skills, the ability to multitask, and experience covering breaking news
- A deep curiosity about a range of scientific issues, including public health and the local environment
- Experience in using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content on a variety of platforms
- Aptitude and comfort with using a broad range of media, including audio and text
- Knowledge of basic SEO and other digital audience skills
- Versatility working across production platforms and subject areas
- Ability to move ideas quickly from concept to completion
- Ability to see the story that’s going to engage readers and to anticipate reader interests
- Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy under immediate deadline pressure
- Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
- Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism; and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
- Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
- Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
- Ability to manage several story assignments concurrently
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
- The ability to work effectively and/or interact with the public and with other staff at New York Public Radio
This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal, sick time and parental leave.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity, however, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work from the New York office when it is safe to do so.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.
New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.