Correspondent - Addiction Coverage
Full Time Job
NPR’s National Desk is seeking an enterprising journalist to cover addiction in America. The nation has seen deadly epidemics in cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, opioids and other substances. And despite law enforcement efforts and public health campaigns, high rates of addiction and overdose deaths persist. This correspondent would chronicle those trends and their human toll and hold governments and corporations accountable. That would entail, for example, delving into litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The ideal candidate would be adept at reporting from courthouses, treatment clinics and street corners, and at keeping current on emerging threats and innovative solutions. The job requires sensitivity, attention to detail, and excellent news judgement.
• Report and write original stories that live up to NPR’s standards for accuracy, fairness and newsworthiness.
• Record, gather and identify sound elements to turn each piece into a rich and memorable audio experience.
• Produce stories for all editorial platforms, including digital and visual media, social networks and various audio platforms, with the goal of reaching the largest audiences with the biggest impact.
• Work collaboratively with editors, reporters and researchers in NPR’s Science, Business and Investigative units, as well as others across the news division and at member stations.
• Produce original, compelling stories that break news and advance the network’s coverage. Identify investigative projects and original enterprise by cultivating sources, using FOIA requests and building databases.
• Work on short-, medium- and long-term projects, often simultaneously. Prioritize and manage time well; meet deadlines; remain responsive and flexible in the face of the demands of programming and the news cycle.
• Remain current on issues in addiction including drug abuse and treatment trends, federal and state policy, and impact on communities.
• Take the necessary steps to gain and sharpen the skills and knowledge required to cover a fast-evolving and multifaceted beat on evolving storytelling platforms.
• Fulfill administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense records and program information/summaries; maintaining contact with editors and appropriate producers; keeping editors and appropriate producers informed about assignments.
• Represent NPR in public forums and gatherings as needed.
• At least 5 years’ experience as a reporter at a daily or weekly news organization.
• Experience covering breaking news events as a general assignment reporter, and covering a beat in a competitive news environment.
• Audio journalism experience preferred but not required.
• Demonstrated track record in writing for the web and use of social media.
• Proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and in the public radio system.
• Ability to relocate, though this position could be based in many places. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement may apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or equivalent years of experience.
• Reporting at a high level
• Collaborating with other journalists
• Being a proven storyteller
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.