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Modern Healthcare seeks a data journalist

July 13, 2018

Posted by Chris Roush

Modern Healthcare seeks an experienced Data Journalist to join our small but highly motivated data and research team. You will pitch, report and build data-driven stories for, the weekly news magazine, special supplements and other products. This role will collaborate with editors, reporters, designers and developers to tell stories in easily digestible and engaging ways.

This is a journalistic position as much as a technical one. We are looking for a journalist who is keenly interested in healthcare business and policy news. Someone who is dedicated to the craft of storytelling in multiple platforms.

The Data Journalist should be able to multitask, balancing short-terms trends with longer term projects. He or she should also be comfortable balancing his or her own work, while also teaming with reporters and editors on a regular basis. This position will be supervised by our Data and Digital Editor and will work closely with our Director of Creative Services and Graphic Designer, along with a web team who all report to the Editor-in-Chief.

Candidates most likely to excel in this position will be ones who are curious, take initiative and also enjoy being part of a team. Since this is a new position, the journalist who joins us will help shape this role and help our newsroom understand how to better use data analysis and visualizations in our publishing. Candidates must have the ability to sniff out stories hidden behind the numbers.


  • Monitor a vast amount of information for a very specific and premium audience that demands the highest quality healthcare reporting, matched with discerning judgment about what to pursue and prioritize
  • Take stories from pitch to publication and also create supporting data graphics for articles. For example, you might be asked to use data to illustrate trends in healthcare quality and finance using our proprietary database that compiles Medicare Cost Reports.
  • Collaborate across teams spread throughout the office and company

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • At least three years of experience reporting and building data visualizations
  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills are required as well as the ability to execute both quickly and well, with creativity
  • Skill in the tools of data journalism, such as collecting and cleaning data, database management systems, statistics software, Microsoft Excel, etc.
  • Experience with best practices in data journalism, including proper reproducibility methods
  • Experience in gathering information from federal databases, financial and SEC filings, Freedom of Information and public records requests
  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with AP and SEO styles
  • Experience working in a newsroom and a motivated, collaborative work style
  • Demonstrated understanding of data analysis and working knowledge of data visualization tools
  • Ability to visualize complex ideas in a clear, accurate, and intelligent manner
  • Team player who works collaboratively across multi-media newsrooms
  • Ability to code

To apply, go here.

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