About the Company:

The company is a high-profile, well-funded startup that is supported by some of the top names in the media industry. Solely focused on the Baltimore area, they are creating a new paradigm for digital-first, cross-channel local media. Their content will extend across the web, mobile (app), radio (terrestrial and satellite), and video (TV and digital). Their vision is to be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore area.

About the Job:

The Baltimore Banner is hiring an experienced public health and medicine reporter to write about the health issues that face the region's residents and the intersection of these problems with social, economic, and climate issues. Baltimore is a city of stark health disparities where African Americans and Latinos suffer from diseases at much higher rates than their white counterparts. The consequences of this played out during the pandemic when sickness and death were higher in Black and Latino communities. The ideal reporter will find innovative ways to write about why these disparities exist and what is being done about them, and the effect of these disparities on the city and its residents.

This beat will also include some coverage of the research and innovation from the region's world-renowned hospitals and medical schools, and the cottage life sciences industry that these institutions are a byproduct. The healthcare industry supports over 100,000 jobs across the Greater Baltimore area, home to Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The site is also a hub of innovation where companies develop and commercialize medical technologies, drugs, and other health care products. The health reporter will be able to unearth this innovation and write about the impact on the industry, the region's economy, and the average person's life.

The public health and medicine reporter will be able to take complex medical topics and turn them into easily digestible stories. The health reporter should know what makes a valid medical study and also be able to cut through medical misinformation. The beat will also involve the coverage of health disparities and the role of public health in addressing other issues, such as poverty. The ability to analyze data and statistics and cover a wide range of stories, including features and explanatory stories, is also a must. The COVID pandemic will be a significant part of this beat.

The Banner prioritizes collaborative, ambitious candidates and is willing to experiment with storytelling in multiple forms on many platforms. We are a mission-driven organization focused on local news and improving the community. We expect all candidates to believe in that mission and work collaboratively as a team. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive newsroom with positive morale and culture. 


  • Understand complex medical topics and turn them into easily understandable stories
  • Write about health disparities and their broader impact
  • Cut through medical misinformation
  • Spot health innovation and write about its broader impact on the industry
  • Analyze health data and be able to determine accurate research
  • Work across social media platforms to help our readers engage with our content.
  • Generate new ideas for audience growth and be open to new ways of reaching readers.
  • Represent The Banner in the community as needed -- in person or on television or radio appearances. 
  • Use and understand newsroom analytics to hone and identify the coverage that serves readers.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in journalism, preferably health and medicine reporting 
  • Some knowledge of complex medical and health topics
  • Strong writing skills and ability to make complex topics understandable
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Enthusiasm for news and content that will resonate with readers
  • Teamwork and willingness to collaborate with others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as news dictates
  • A commitment to upholding journalistic values and ethics 


The Venetoulis Institute embraces diversity and inclusion, and we are wholeheartedly committed to being proactive in inspiring a culture of inclusion across our organization. We are dedicated to establishing an organization that reflects the fundamental respect for different ways of working and living, and we assure every employee the opportunity to reach their full potential.


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