Missouri Data Reporter

About the Job:

KFF, the non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a St. Louis-based Data Reporter to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), its editorially independent newsroom distributing in-depth coverage of health issues across the country. While KHN has a vibrant and ambitious staff based primarily in Washington, D.C. and California, we are expanding to provide more coverage of states and the American health care industry in the Midwest.

The Data Reporter will join the team in our new St. Louis bureau. You’ll be part of a large national staff and a small but growing St. Louis-based team of journalists producing stories on local and regional struggles over health care for both local and national media audiences.

The person we are looking for would have good skills collecting, analyzing and displaying data, be facile with a wide range of digital journalism tools, and have a deep interest in exposing the problems of the American healthcare system and hopefully illuminating possible solutions.

We believe that the rigorous use of data in reporting can elevate news reports and help lead the public to a better understanding of a problem and wiser decisions on how to tackle that problem. We want someone who can spot those important issues and produce stories on state and regional struggles over health care while amplifying them for a national audience. We want scoops and we want analyses.

So we are hoping to find a self-starter who is nimble with the technology necessary to create databases as well as the tools to analyze the information in them. Statistical skills are a plus as are strong data visualization skills. Needless to say, we want a good writer as well.

The ideal candidate would have several years of experience as a data journalist. While it is not necessary to have covered health, that would be a plus. We’d love to see projects you worked on and hear how you developed them. We’d love to see a portfolio of visualizations you’ve helped to conceptualize, create, and/or provide data for.

We want someone who wants to be part of an ambitious and fast-growing organization and who can collaborate and contribute on daily stories, big projects, investigations, broadcasts and podcasts. KHN has broken stories and created unique enterprising work on drug prices, nursing home inspections, lab testing, and the political influence of the powerful pharmaceutical industry.

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.

We are also willing to relocate you, though candidates who already have knowledge of issues in the region would be preferred. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and we have excellent health insurance and retirement benefits.

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. and California, 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.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@kff.org labeling your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”. Please write “Missouri Data Reporter” 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.