Healthcare & Cannabis Reporter


Job Type: Full-time

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Healthcare & Cannabis Reporter

New Jersey, USA Westampton, NJ, USA Req #16624

Friday, June 25, 2021

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.

Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc., and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and runs the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.

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Healthcare and Cannabis Reporter

Seeking an enterprise reporter to focus on healthcare topics and marijuana and cannabis issues in the South Jersey region, with the position based in our Westampton, NJ office. We want a storyteller with keen observational skills and the ability to navigate data trends and develop sources. This reporter will be expected to spend time in our various communities regularly, building relationships and discovering meaningful stories that break new ground.

The South Jersey region, which includes the Burlington County Times, Courier Post, and the Daily Journal, is home to several large-scale hospital systems and rife with important stories about how the healthcare system impacts our communities. Meanwhile, the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey promises to reshape the intersection of communities, business, government and everyday life.

We’re looking for a journalist prepared to uncover and deliver stories large and small that put these topics in context. An awareness of issues of equality, race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation are key to success. We are seeking someone who can identify these stories, champion new and often unheard voices in the community, and take readers to places they’ve never been through sophisticated storytelling on all platforms.

This reporter will be expected to write quick-turnaround stories, signature enterprise pieces and occasional profiles. Spanish-speaking skills are a plus. The ideal candidate will be comfortable pursuing big stories on their own but also eager to collaborate and communicate across the newsroom’s various teams.

  • Create news content that captures and engages the audience, using metrics and past performance to inform and guide your storytelling approach
  • Develop a deep source list within the community that includes real people, professionals, public officials and community groups and organizations
  • Understand how to request public documents and accurately interpret them for inclusion in meaningful storytelling
  • Identify trending stories that matter for our audience and develop unique storytelling that separates our coverage from our competitors’
  • Collaborate with colleagues in and out of the South Jersey newsrooms to strengthen your storytelling, including additional reporting, photos, videos, etc.
  • Use social media in an engaging, professional manner that promotes your personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Combination of education and experience relevant to journalism
· Strong communication, planning and organizational skills
· Exposure to and success in a deadline-driven environment
· Social-media and SEO knowledge
· Comfort with self-guided work as well as collaborative production
· Command of journalism skills that lead to developing fair, balanced and accurate content in a publish-ready state
We want to know more about you and how you’ll bring your energy and excitement to the job. Tell us what’s not on your resume that makes you the journalist we need to bring into the newsroom. Put together a single document, preferably in a PDF format, that includes the following, in order:

    • Your resume, limited to one or two pages
    • A cover letter outlining your approach to journalism, how you’ll bring that to the job and what you know about South Jersey
  • Links to three to five online examples of your work that highlight your range in storytelling and offer insight on what you would bring to the team.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.

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