Collaborative Editor

University of Southern California

The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, founded in 2004, is seeking to hire a veteran health journalist to help us launch and lead a new non-profit journalism collaborative focused on health and health equity. This is a creative and enterprising role with the opportunity to help build a new initiative from the ground up, in collaboration with participating news partners. The Collaborative Editor will create educational programming, serve as project editor and lead a learning and reporting effort that will involve 6-7 ethnic media outlets in California. As project manager, you’ll nurture esprit de corps and build a virtual newsroom among the reporters and their editorial colleagues, brainstorming on story ideas, editing copy and developing a learning curriculum. The project builds on our prior successful collaborative projects, most recently our “Uncovered California ” project chronicling circumstances, needs and policy options for California’s uninsured during a pivotal year for state policy reforms.

This is a 40 hour per week, grant-funded, hybrid, staff position based in Los Angeles, with a two-days-a-week in-office requirement.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates should have at least 3-5 years or more of daily newsroom experience and demonstrated expertise in reporting and/or editing on health and health policy topics. Editing and project management experience are pluses, as are bilingual skills. Diverse candidates, journalists with experience in the ethnic media sector and candidates familiar with the California health policy landscape are especially encouraged. We seek applicants who are creative, enterprising journalists with strong project management and editing skills, a collaborative spirit, health journalism expertise and the ability to manage both long term goals and respond to breaking news opportunities.  

Salary Range and Additional Information:

  • The annual base salary range for this position is $72,000- $87,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

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About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California , the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website: .

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at [email protected] . Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring  ordinance.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in developing and conducting training classes. Development of instructional materials.

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