VTDigger is a nationally recognized, born-digital nonprofit news organization. We are known for our award-winning investigative reporting and in-depth daily coverage of local and state news. Our mission is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds the government accountable to the public and engages Vermonters in the democratic process.
At a time when the commercial local news industry is failing, VTDigger is one of a handful of nonprofit news organizations that has developed a model of sustainable funding for local journalism. The organization has grown quickly in just a decade, becoming the go-to source of news for the state of Vermont — with an average of 700,000 unique readers a month and 28 employees. For more about how VTDigger has become the largest news operation in Vermont, click here.
Vermont has long been seen as an innovator in health care — from the creation of the Dr. Dynasaur program three decades ago to its current experiment with an all-payer model. But the state’s progressive policy endeavors haven’t always borne fruit. (See former Gov. Peter Shumlin’s ill-fated attempt to create the nation’s first state-based single-payer health care system.)
As VTDigger’s next health care reporter, your job will be to cover not only the policy debates around programs such as these but the details of their implementation and, most importantly, their impact on Vermonters’ health, welfare and financial security.
This is a wide-ranging beat that includes public health, mental health, substance use, homelessness, eldercare, child welfare and the social safety net. You’ll cover powerful institutions, such as hospital networks, insurance companies and the OneCare accountable care organization — as well as sprawling bureaucracies, particularly the state’s Agency of Human Services. You’ll spend time at the Statehouse when the Legislature is in session, and you’ll keep close tabs on the state’s health care regulator, the Green Mountain Care Board.
As the state’s only health care beat reporter, you’ll have the opportunity to break big stories and the responsibility to document continuing trends, such as the consolidation of the state’s health care system, the rising cost of care, the aging health workforce and the loss of providers in rural communities. You will cut through industry jargon and tell compelling stories featuring the experiences of Vermonters.
Your greatest focus — at least in the near-term — will be on the state’s continuing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As Vermont emerges from a 15-month public health crisis, you’ll grapple with its long-term implications: How has the pandemic changed the state’s health care system and how should it be changed? What are the unseen health outcomes of the Covid crisis? What have we learned and how will we handle the next pandemic?
This role is a fit if you …
Seek out scoops and embrace enterprise reporting.
Are committed to building relationships with diverse communities and know how to build a representative source list.
Can work independently but are an enthusiastic collaborator.
Are as comfortable writing a news brief as a magazine-length investigation.
Strive for accuracy and truth in reporting.
Are a skilled writer and storyteller.
Have a working knowledge of data reporting and enthusiasm for finding stories buried within reports.
Are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion — throughout your work and as it relates to your beat.
Enjoy engaging with readers and responding to their tips.
Are willing to engage with and represent the views of those on every side of a contentious issue.
Can spot trends and understand how they will play out.
Can explain complicated issues clearly and simply.
Writing 3-4 compelling stories a week
Identifying and reporting out investigative projects.
Pitching ideas that result in ground-breaking stories.
Working collaboratively with editors and fellow reporters.
Cultivating diverse and representative sources.
Working with the editing team to ensure stories are accurate and fair.
Meeting deadlines set by you and your supervising editor.
Placing public records requests as needed.
Effectively and professionally communicating verbally and in writing with colleagues, sources and readers.
Listening intently to others and valuing others’ opinions.
Communicating openly and promptly sharing information and ideas with others throughout the organization.
Location: Montpelier, Vermont
Start date: July/August 2021
Compensation: Highly competitive
We are working remotely during the Covid pandemic, but our offices are based in the state capital of Montpelier, a charming New England town located in Central Vermont near world-class alpine and nordic ski areas, extensive biking and hiking trails, lakes and rivers. The region has excellent schools, several local bookstores, and coffee and pastry shops.
How to apply: Using this form, please upload a resume, up to three samples of your work and a cover letter that explains why you want to work for VTDigger and why you’re the right fit for this job. The deadline is July 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.Please note: We recognize there are great candidates who may not fit the description above or who have important skills and experiences we haven’t thought of. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us more about yourself. VTDigger is committed to constantly improving our organization, in part by better reflecting the communities we serve. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace for all people. We especially encourage members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented — and misrepresented — in media to apply to join our team, including Black, Indigenous and people of color; women; LGBTQIA people, and differently abled people.
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