Location: Spokane, Wash.
About the News Organization: The Spokesman-Review is a family-owned, daily newspaper in Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington state and the largest northern city between Minneapolis and Seattle. For the past 135 years, the newspaper has served readers across eastern Washington, the northern Idaho Panhandle and north to the Canadian border. Its focus is local and regional stories, including community news, government issues, health, business, entertainment, sports and the outdoors. In addition to a partnership with KHQ, a sister television station in Spokane, The Spokesman-Review also has a unique cooperative agreement with newspapers across the area, including the Seattle Times and The Idaho Statesman, to share stories. This arrangement helps provide robust daily reports and greatly benefits all readers across the Pacific Northwest.
About the Position: This Report for America corps member will report on health and social issues in Spokane and the surrounding region as part of the paper’s Metro Desk team. That will include covering breaking news and diving into issue stories about key health topics, such as opioid abuse and access to care; social issues, such as the need for more foster families; and medical research and innovation from the area’s universities. The reporter will work with our government affairs editor, who is skilled at guiding novice reporters and helping them look beyond the process to find important issues and compelling human stories that will engage readers. As part of a small newsroom team, the reporter will have the chance to tackle a wide variety of assignments and will get hands-on training with our digital team.
Preferred Skills: Experience and interest in covering public health and social issues, ability to move between news stories and more in-depth explanatory reporting, and an interest in multimedia storytelling.
Application Deadline: February 8 at 11:59pm ET
Start Date: June 1
Contract Period: One year (12-months) with the possibility of a second year renewal