The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is looking to hire a passionate editor to lead a new team covering mental and behavioral health. This is a two-year, community-funded project that will combine in-depth reporting – including explanatory, investigative and solutions-oriented coverage -- with an ambitious community-engagement effort that has impact in the region and statewide.
Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health struggles have reached crisis proportions throughout the world. The Seattle region and Washington state are no different. This crisis touches people from all demographic groups, and it is made worse by the pervasive stigma attached to mental illness. Journalists can play an important role in destigmatizing mental illnesses while educating consumers and holding providers, social services and government agencies accountable for getting people the help they need.
We’re looking for a highly organized and passionate Mental Health Project Editor, one who will creatively coach reporters who handle breaking news along with complex, solutions-oriented enterprise and watchdog stories across multiple platforms.
You must have strong story editing, digital and social media skills, as well as a basic understanding of the complex and nuanced issues around mental and behavioral health. Ideally, you are comfortable working with an engagement editor to find innovative ways to engage community groups, policy makers and individuals impacted by or working on mental health issues. You also must be able to effectively communicate with partners in our community-funded journalism. Endless curiosity – and a drive for uncovering untold stories that spur action – is essential.
Please note: this is a community-funded position and is subject to grant renewal. While renewal is anticipated, funding for this role is not guaranteed. As such, this is considered to be a two-year role. To learn more about our grant-funded projects, click here.
We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile does not match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your cover letter.
Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.
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