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Women’s Health Reporter

Website The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is seeking a women’s health reporter.

The position involves balanced and thoughtful reporting on everything from debates over Texas abortion laws to the rate at which Texas women die after childbirth. There are stories to pursue related to breast cancer, cervical cancer, services for pregnant Texans, postpartum mental health care, how state and federal dollars earmarked for women’s health are distributed, health disparities in certain regions of the state or among women from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and the politics of women’s health — all in the state with the most uninsured residents.

In covering these policy issues, this reporter must work with a keen focus on illustrating the human impact of these policies and political debates.

The women’s health reporter will work closely with the Tribune’s health and human services reporter, who focuses on topics such as foster care, health care spending and the state’s health-related response to disasters. There will be opportunities for the two reporters to collaborate. This reporter will also work regularly with the Tribune’s Data Visuals, Multimedia, Photo, Audience and Events teams.

The women’s health reporter— who will juggle quick-turn news stories and enterprise pieces — will need to occasionally travel throughout Texas. The job requires close attention to women’s health issues during the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature, to races for state and federal elected offices, and to major court cases in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The women’s health reporter will also moderate panel discussions and otherwise represent the newsroom at Tribune events or on other media.

All reporters and editors at The Texas Tribune are responsible for occasional evening, weekend and holiday work as well as general assignment shifts as news demands.

This position will be based in Austin and will require travel and field reporting.

Responsibilities

  • Writing people-focused narratives related to the impact of health policy in a timely manner by managing time and workflow.
  • Identifying, executing and updating breaking news to meet deadlines.
  • Collaborating and communicating effectively with other reporters on various assignments and special projects to accomplish intended results.
  • Collaborating with the Tribune’s Data Visuals, Photo, Multimedia and Audience teams, as well as other departments
  • Writing news stories outside their beat on occasion as assigned by editors

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of journalism experience
  • A demonstrated ability to break through complicated policy and political debate in focusing coverage on human impact
  • A passion for engaging storytelling that centers around everyday peopleDemonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
  • A deep commitment to both breaking news and enterprise reporting
  • Evidence of strong reporting, data analysis, fact-checking and writing skills and a firm grasp of AP style
  • Strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
  • A clear desire and proven ability to collaborate with other colleagues across the organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred
  • High level of organization skills with the ability to accurately focus and report on detailed data.

We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

About The Texas Tribune

Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.

All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Location

The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. We have colleagues in the organization that come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues that are based in various cities throughout the United States.

Benefits

This job is full time and has the following benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • A cellphone stipend
  • 20 days of paid time off each year
  • Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
  • 401(k) matching
  • Support for professional training and attending industry conferences
  • Remote working flexibility

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to Apply

Click here to submit your application by 11:59 p.m. August 13. Along with a résumé and cover letter, please submit a memo detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can’t wait to hear from you.
 

To apply for this job email your details to gustavo.sanmiguel@texastribune.org

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