We need a full-time reporter to cover health-related issues at the Oregon Legislature in Salem and to cover other health issues outside the sessions. This person will be expected to develop good sourcing among officials, policymakers and lobbyists, follow trends, produce in-depth stories and break news. The right candidate will have two or three years of experience in a newsroom, be aggressive in pursuing stories, persistent with nailing down facts and comfortable asking tough questions. The reporter will be expected to file records requests. If you know your way around a spreadsheet, so much the better. We're focusing on the broader, deeper picture in our stories as much as possible and avoiding incremental developments. We are committed to following the money that drives the health-care industry in the U.S.
The reporter will need to work in Salem during sessions -- we lease an office in the Capitol building -- but will have flexibility at other times to work in our Portland office, at home or elsewhere.
We're a small, online news site focused on being a watchdog of the health-care industry and policy. Our coverage includes Medicaid, which covers 1 million Oregonians; Oregon Health & Science University and other large hospital systems; the Oregon Health Authority; the insurance and pharmaceutical industries; health care policy and trends; the Legislature; and analysis of state health, financial and hospital data.
Founded in 2009, we've become a must-read resource within the health-care industry and among those who follow it by producing in-depth, hard-hitting stories about the health-care system. Lynne Terry, a veteran award-winning reporter, formerly The Oregonian/OregonLive’s health reporter, took over as editor-in-chief in July and has plans to broaden our reach. We are funded by donations and subscriptions and have a governing board of leading health-care officials. They do not determine editorial policy or content.
We value fairness, balance and accuracy. We also appreciate reporters with a voice and the ability to understand the complex system of health care in the U.S. You must have a record of meeting deadlines and of producing in-depth stories or investigative pieces that broke new ground.
Ideally, the person will work full-time during the session with the possibility to work less at other times. We offer all-premium-paid health care, a stipend for dental and 3 weeks PTO. Salary is negotiable and competitive.
We want to fill this position as soon as possible. Send a resume, links to clips, cover letter and salary requirements to Lynne Terry, editor-in-chief, The Lund Report: Lynne@thelundreport.org.