Worcester Biz Journal seeks a health care and diversity reporter

October 4, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Worcester Business Journal is seeking a full-time journalist to lead coverage of two of our main industry beats: Health Care and Diversity & Inclusion.

At WBJ, which is one of the last independently owned newsrooms in New England, we take tremendous pride in the journalism we produce and the publications we create, to the acclaim of international organizations that count WBJ as one of the best business journals in the country. We are an extremely collaborative newsroom that pushes hard to produce the highest quality news and analysis, yet recognizes journalists are whole people, too, who may need to take time in the middle of the day to address issues in their personal lives. The CEO works right down the hall, and WBJ’s parent company keeps all employees well informed of the happenings at all levels of the business.

Our small, but mighty, newsroom staff provides breaking news and subject matter expertise for six key industries in the Central Massachusetts economy. For this Staff Writer position, you’ll be covering the healthcare industry, which is the largest employer in the region and home to the biggest companies in Central Massachusetts. In addition, for the Diversity & Inclusion beat, you’ll track the progress companies have made on their promises following George Floyd’s murder, as well as help our business audience understand best practices so the region’s economy offers equal opportunities to talented people of all backgrounds.

WBJ maintains a constantly updated website, produces eight enewsletters, and publishes a bimonthly print magazine full of news and analysis. This new hire would contribute to all of these products, in cooperation and collaboration with the other members of the newsroom. Journalism industry organizations like the Alliance of Area Business Publishers and the New England Newspaper & Press Association annually recognize us as a top publication, including in 2022 when AABP awarded us the top prize as the best business journal in the country, despite our competing against much larger newsrooms. We punch above our weight, and we are unafraid of publishing hard-nosed investigative stories ruffling the feathers of those in power.

Applicants for this position should have a strong foundation in journalism, with multiple years of experience in an established newsroom. Familiarity with the health care and/or diversity & inclusion industries is helpful, but not required. The person eventually hired for this position must be adept and nimble, work well with a team, be a multitasker, and have a drive to be the best at what they do. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

While WBJ offers a very flexible schedule and remote work options, local journalism is best done in-person by professionals in the market, and the expectation for this position is that you be available to meet regularly with people in Central Massachusetts.

WBJ and its parent company New England Business Media offer a competitive salary and benefits, including health & dental insurance, 401(k), flexible work schedules, above-average vacation days, and 10 paid holidays per year. The WBJ newsroom offers views of the nearby park.

To apply: Please send resume, clips and cover letter to Brad Kane, WBJ editor, at bkane@wbjournal.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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