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Data Journalist

Washington DC

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a Data Journalist to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), its editorially independent newsroom distributing in-depth coverage of health issues across the country. KHN, an ambitious and growing  independent provider of healthcare industry news, is seeking an experienced data journalist to expand our in-depth coverage of America’s health care system.

KHN has a team of more than 60 reporters and editors across the United States producing content about the problems of the American health care system and its possible solutions. While KHN has a vibrant and ambitious staff based primarily in Washington, D.C., which is where we prefer the Data Journalist be based, we have more than a dozen staff in California and have recently established a Midwest Bureau and have staffed up in Colorado.

What We Are Looking For:

The Data Journalist will conceive and produce content for investigative, enterprise and other KHN stories suitable for distribution to national and regional media partners. He/she will also collaborate with KHN colleagues to generate ideas and advise them about stories they have already identified. The Data Journalist will be able to identify relevant databases, do necessary cleaning, and mine the material for high-impact pieces. Clear and timely communication with editors and other reporters about ongoing work is a critical part of this role. The Data Journalist will report to KHN’s Data Editor.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help reporters and editors generate project-focused ideas for enterprise stories;
  • Analyze health care data sets, identify trends and spot key findings for revelatory stories;
  • Work collaboratively with a team of editors and reporters in conceiving and executing stories;
  • Produce high-quality content on deadline, when necessary;
  • Stay abreast of health policy and health care industry news and information by consulting and/or monitoring various online and offline news sources; and
  • Consult with health data experts to identify the best data sources and analytic approaches.

Minimum Required Expertise and Qualifications:

  • At least three years of data journalism experience; demonstrated experience using tools such as spreadsheets, database managers and programming languages for acquiring and analyzing data. Knowledge of statistics (and use of R) is a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to report quickly and accurately on deadline and to juggle daily news with short- and long-term projects;
  • Strong news judgment;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to produce high-impact stories using data-driven tools; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with a team.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Health policy and business journalism experience;
  • Familiarity with health-related data sets;
  • Familiarity with content management systems, including WordPress;
  • Experience working with multimedia reporters, graphic artists and photographers; and
  • Experience collaborating with web production and web development teams.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, and references as separate attachments to labeling your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title” and writing “Data Journalist” in the email heading. No phone inquiries please.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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.

Posted November 26, 2019

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