The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and one of the few remaining independent news organizations in the country, is launching a team to cover 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.
We’re looking for two experienced Reporters who can use sophisticated interviewing, investigative and database skills to illuminate problems and find the most promising solutions – then turn those findings into engaging narratives and other forms of storytelling. We want you to use empathy to bring new voices to our coverage, to consider engagement as you work, and to coordinate closely with photographers and graphic artists to add impact to your work.
Successful candidates will have experience covering sensitive social issues and complex systems of interwoven governmental and nonprofit agencies. Experience covering mental health issues, programs and policies is a plus.
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.
This position requires you to join a union and pay ongoing union dues each month. In addition, you will be required to undergo a drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana) and a criminal background check once an offer has been made.
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, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines 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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