Full Time - Mid-Level (Senior Producer, Reporter, Editor)
The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is seeking a women’s health reporter.
The position involves balanced and thoughtful reporting on everything from debates over Texas abortion laws to the rate at which Texas women die after childbirth. There are stories to pursue related to breast cancer, cervical cancer, services for pregnant Texans, postpartum mental health care, how state and federal dollars earmarked for women’s health are distributed, health disparities in certain regions of the state or among women from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and the politics of women’s health — all in the state with the most uninsured residents.
In covering these policy issues, this reporter must work with a keen focus on illustrating the human impact of these policies and political debates.
The women’s health reporter will work closely with the Tribune’s health and human services reporter, who focuses on topics such as foster care, health care spending and the state’s health-related response to disasters. There will be opportunities for the two reporters to collaborate. This reporter will also work regularly with the Tribune’s Data Visuals, Multimedia, Photo, Audience and Events teams.
The women’s health reporter— who will juggle quick-turn news stories and enterprise pieces — will need to occasionally travel throughout Texas. The job requires close attention to women’s health issues during the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature, to races for state and federal elected offices, and to major court cases in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The women’s health reporter will also moderate panel discussions and otherwise represent the newsroom at Tribune events or on other media.
All reporters and editors at The Texas Tribune are responsible for occasional evening, weekend and holiday work as well as general assignment shifts as news demands.
This position will be based in Austin and will require travel and field reporting.
Writing people-focused narratives related to the impact of health policy in a timely manner by managing time and workflow.
Identifying, executing and updating breaking news to meet deadlines.
Collaborating and communicating effectively with other reporters on various assignments and special projects to accomplish intended results.
Collaborating with the Tribune’s Data Visuals, Photo, Multimedia and Audience teams, as well as other departments
Writing news stories outside their beat on occasion as assigned by editors
2 years of journalism experience
A demonstrated ability to break through complicated policy and political debate in focusing coverage on human impact
A passion for engaging storytelling that centers around everyday people
Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
A deep commitment to both breaking news and enterprise reporting
Evidence of strong reporting, data analysis, fact-checking and writing skills and a firm grasp of AP style
Strong familiarity with journalistic ethics and libel law
A clear desire and proven ability to collaborate with other colleagues across the organization
Spanish-language proficiency preferred
High level of organization skills with the ability to accurately focus and report on detailed data.
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
About The Texas Tribune
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.
All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. We have colleagues in the organization that come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues that are based in various cities throughout the United States.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
Medical, vision and dental insurance
A cellphone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
Support for professional training and attending industry conferences
Remote working flexibility
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
How to Apply
Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. August 13. Along with a résumé and cover letter, please submit a memo detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
The Tribune, which has the largest statehouse news bureau in the United States, covers a full range of topics including public and higher education, health care, immigration, criminal justice, energy, poverty, the environment, water, transportation — pretty much every line in the state budget. We also cover the major candidates and campaigns for office, though we train our sights less on the candidates than the issues. To further our pursuit of statewide engagement, we provide all of our content, for free, to print, radio and television news organizations throughout the state, and nationally in partnership with The Washington Post.
The Tribune has become an authoritative source for providing user-friendly databases of public information in Texas. Our reporters and software engineers collaborate to present a full picture for readers, giving them the tools to be more thoughtful, productive and engaged citizens. Examples include our government salaries database, U.S. Senate fund...raising tracker, analysis of state demographics and a look at the capacity of shelters for migrant children.
Each year we host 50-plus on-the-record, open-to-the-public live events — on college campuses, in community centers and everywhere in between — at which public officials, policy wonks and newsmakers answer for the work they’re doing and how they’re spending your tax dollars. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation we publish and archive video online. Our signature annual event, The Texas Tribune Festival, attracts thousands of attendees to downtown Austin to learn about Texas’ biggest challenges and to engage in thoughtful discussion about their respective solutions. Decision-makers, industry leaders and community activists from near and far come to take part in this three-day event.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Texas Tribune is supported by individual contributions and membership (click here to join), major gifts, corporate sponsorships, events and foundation grants. A complete list of the Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.