• Investigative Lead Reporter - Health

    Experience (Years)
  • Position Overview

    Got a fire in your belly when it comes to making our world a safer, healthier place?  The country’s foremost consumer protection organization seeks a multi-channel health content pro  to work on digital, print, video and social media.  We’re looking for a reporter/writer with serious health and food chops to bring their special journalistic brand and passion to protect consumers to our dream platform. 


    The investigative lead reporter for health is expected to produce a steady stream of exclusive investigative and accountability enterprise stories regarding health matters capable of commanding attention on all platforms,  helps craft health content strategy for range of marketplace sectors and executes integrated marketing content.  This role will  utilize expertise to generate unique ideas in order to create exclusive high impact health stories that inspire, drive results, and achieve awareness. 

    Qualifications Include

    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of ten years of experience in multi-platform editorial for health, business or consumer project journalism, including substantial record of top-level reporting and editing required.
    • Must be an expert in the health industry, supported by such growth opportunities as continuing-education courses, membership in professional associations, and involvement in industry/professional conferences.
    • Strategic creative skills essential.
    • Must demonstrate ability not only to conceptualize stories and special sections but also to attend to the details, and must possess a good visual sense.
    • Must be able to work in self-directed capacity and to conceive and execute compelling multimedia content.
    • Must be able to translate complex scientific healthcare –related information into well-written, well-organized informative content across multiple platforms.
    • Ability to manage and lead in a cross-organizational capacity required.
    • A thorough knowledge of health and the medical industry are required.
    • Must be able to read and follow medical literature for new developments in treatment, diagnosis, prevention, pharmaceuticals, surgical techniques, screening tests, policies and healthcare-related practices for content ideas and implement ideas in new and innovative formats.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Stay abreast of health news, trends and changing landscape to regularly provide compelling high-impact newsworthy story ideas.  Partners on crafting promotions that attract a wide audience.
    • Writes high impact complex feature-length articles regarding health topics, including investigative pieces, based as needed on reports, surveys, government studies and other data, including technical reports, and/or interviews with experts, consultants, high-level regulatory officials, physicians, industry executives and other sources of information.
    • Work with top editors to create a steady supply of unique, sophisticated, health reports based on the reporter’s expertise.
    • Act as initial editor for health projects, stories, or departments written by more-junior reporters and sees them through the planning, reporting, editing, and production process, incorporating changes by related parties, copy-fitting, and conferring with art and production accordingly.
    • Actively participate as a member of the Health Content Development Team, conferring with other editorial staffers, engineers, and analysts as necessary to direct coverage across the organization's various media products.
    • Participate in planning and scheduling process for health content, conferring with other departments as needed for development of story components such as surveys, questionnaires, and test protocols.
    • Serve as mentor to more-junior staffers.  Guide our health team of experienced journalists in conceiving and executing ambitious, original and creative stories.
    • Conceive and execute high-quality, well-reported, in-depth long-form health content for all CR digital platforms; develop strategy with digital editors, social media team, and distribution partners to optimize content for search and social.
    • Monitor and engage with multiple social platforms for intelligence gathering and direct engagement regarding health issues. Optimizes health content for maximum exposure in social channels.
    • Conceptualize and generate large scale original cross-platform health content and coordinates efforts around multiplatform content initiatives.
    • Conduct large scale enterprise investigative health reporting.  Consults with writers on investigative reporting assignments including concept development, sources, substance and direction.
    • Analyze and interpret complex health events and policies to create unique content. Research and analyze background information related to stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information in unique and original ways.
    • Proactively follows and reports on health categories ensuring content is relevant, cutting-edge and addresses consumer needs in a proactive way.
    • Maintain and develop new source contacts.  Ensure medical, plus clinical, accuracy and completeness of story substance.
    • Serve as both in-house health expert and CR health representative for media outreach and public events.
    • Serve as on-camera health subject-matter expert for all CR video platforms; may be asked to execute rough drafts of video scripts.
    • Edit the work of other writers in health for publication on multiple platforms; advise other writers on best practices for digital content production.
    • Attend trade shows and other industry events as needed to stay abreast of trends and best practices.



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