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The Washington Post

Health and Science Reporter, Well+Being

Washington, DC

Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking an accomplished and experienced health and science journalist to join its Well+Being desk.

We're looking for a health reporter who is passionate about service journalism and reporting on topics that are highly relevant to readers' daily lives. This job requires the experience to cover a range of topics, including nutrition, weight loss drugs, fitness, internet wellness trends, chronic illness, cancer and other physical and mental health topics.

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This reporter will routinely be asked to tackle fast-turnaround news on a variety of health topics but will also have time to develop specialty beats and short- and long-term enterprise reporting. We're looking for someone who is a fount of creative story ideas on issues that matter most to readers.

If it sounds like a big job, that's because it is. Washington Post readers have high interest in Well+Being stories, and we're looking for a franchise reporter who can become a voice of authority on personal health.

  • Identifying and producing quick-turn stories on trending personal health news.
  • Writing insightful, timely features that have impact and drive conversations on social media.
  • Producing deeply reported enterprise stories and visually compelling service journalism.
  • Developing expertise in key subject areas related to personal health.
  • Tracking medical journals to discover high-interest, timely health research.
Preferred qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of experience reporting on health or science related topics for a national publication. While health reporting experience is a priority, we will consider candidates with a strong track record of reporting on another beat who have a passion for health.
  • Experience covering both breaking news and deeply reported features and enterprise.
  • A knack for reader-focused journalism that distills scientific research into practical, actionable advice.
  • A track record of creative ideas and fresh approaches to storytelling that surprise and delight, including experience with visual journalism and new storytelling formats.
  • A high level of enthusiasm and passion for health service journalism.
This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a r esum e, a cover letter outlining your vision for the role plus at least five story ideas that demonstrate how you approach health service journalism, and three clips to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received byApr. 22will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Well+Being Editor Tara Parker-Pope.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs
Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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Client-provided location(s): Washington, DC, USA
Job ID: washington-JR-90274688
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • FSA
    • On-Site Gym
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Pension
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Shadowing Opportunities
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program

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