The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of High Plains Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and KMUW focused on health, the social determinants of health and their connection to public policy. We interpret that broadly to serve our audience as a general news organization, but one that covers the state through that lens.
We're seeking a Health Reporter to join our team. We’re looking for a dogged reporter who approaches health care stories broadly. That means not just in terms of access to health care — although that’s a key part of the beat — but also in terms of those things that determine the health of a community.
We also need a reporter who covers health care through the eyes of consumers. Your stories can look at a community’s access to affordable food, safe drinking water, psychiatric services and public health services.
We want this reporter to document the inequities on those measures across the state, particularly where they matter in the lives of people who’ve traditionally been marginalized. Abortion is sure to loom large on the beat given the role Kansas has played in that debate for decades and coming changes in law.
This reporter will research, write, report and produce spot news, digital stories and long-form audio features. They’ll collaborate, at times, with KNS reporters positioned across Kansas. And they’ll pitch their stories to, and field assignments from, experienced editors at the news service. They will also create social content to accompany their stories, participate in community engagement efforts, and appear on talk shows, podcasts and community panels, as needed.
We’re looking for someone whose reporting is driven by curiosity and public service. We’ll push for stories, both on air and online, worthy of a statewide and, not infrequently, a national audience. That calls for someone who can produce on deadline while juggling in-depth work.
Our new reporter doesn’t need radio or health reporting experience — we’ve got experience teaching our journalists audio craftmanship — but they must have strong reporting and writing talent. They must share our commitment to serving all of our audiences, tracking the diversity of sources and continuing to make KNS a place where everyone feels welcome.
We think you’ll find the Kansas News Service a place where reporters are valued. Your work will appear on public radio stations in every corner of the state. NPR also airs much of our work nationally. Newspapers and commercial radio stations across the state use a steady diet of KNS stories.
We want the interview process to be comfortable for you. So, you'll have a list of the questions we want to cover in the interviews ahead of time. We will ask finalist to take a writing test and will give you an hour to put something together based on canned facts that we'll supply. And we welcome you to reach out to other reporters at the Kansas News Service at any point to get a better sense of whether this is a place that you want to work.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
Up to $53,000, commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.
How to Apply
KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Please apply online at UMKC's website: https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/ Select "Staff Position," then "View Jobs," then "View All Jobs." This posting will remain open until filled; review of applications to begin August 15, 2022.