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We’re expanding and seeking key journalism hires!


We’re expanding and seeking key journalism hires!

The USC Center for Health Journalism, based at the Annenberg School of Journalism, seeks two enterprising and experienced journalists to join our team.

Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism in the United States?  Passionate about helping journalists investigate and illuminate conditions that cry out for attention in their communities? In each of these roles, you’ll contribute to advancing reporting on health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has starkly highlighted the terrible toll of such inequities. 

For 17 years, the Center has helped journalists produce ground-breaking reporting on health, health equity and child, youth and family well-being. Reporters in our weeklong Fellowships call the Center a “harbor in the storm,” a place where ambitious work that would otherwise not have been produced is nurtured and supported. 

We're expanding and we have several opportunities for journalists to join us in this important work, two of them new positions. We encourage applications from diverse candidates. You'll find links below to apply through the USC portal.

Jobs come with excellent health benefits; a transit subsidy; a 401k match; and tuition benefits for staff and family members. Once we emerge from the pandemic, we’ll return to our offices in a 100-year-old Victorian mansion near the USC campus in Los Angeles, with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick-up services. Employees will be permitted to work remotely two days a week.

Manager of Projects: This new senior manager works with the Center for Health Journalism director to manage core programs and develop and manage new initiatives, including working with our news partners and individual reporters. Applicants should have at least five years of journalism experience, including management experience as an editor, excellent research and communication skills and experience managing journalism projects. Apply through the USC Jobs Portal.

Prefeerred Qualification: 

  • At least five years of journalism experience, including supervisory oversight and newsroom and/or project management.
  • Knowledgeable about health and social welfare policy. 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication and skills. 
  • Experienced in supporting the coordination and collaboration required in newsrooms for the successful completion of complex explanatory and investigative reporting projects.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.      

Engagement Editor: The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School of Journalism is seeking an Engagement Editor to serve as a thought leader in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Since 2012, the Center has partnered with reporters and news outlets across California to build community engagement into their investigative and explanatory journalism projects. On six-month cycles, the engagement editor mentors and supports local reporters, their news organizations, and community partners in California to design an engaged journalism process that centers community questions, experiences, and ideas for solutions to produce reporting with greater local impact, informing journalism that reflects community concerns and priorities. Interested in applying? Go to this page for more details on the job. Please share your resume and cover letter by emailing us at Put “Engagement Editor” in the subject line. 

About the USC Center for Health Journalism 

The Center for Health Journalism is the leading U.S. health journalism nonprofit focused on health equity; child, youth and family well-being; and health care policy. Founded in 2004, the foundation-funded center provides training programs, newsroom partnerships, reporting grants, mentoring and other resources for journalists and helps them and their newsrooms produce “impact reporting” that changes laws and policies and leads to improved community health. The Center embraces an expansive definition of health journalism based on the core idea that our health is shaped by conditions in homes, schools and communities – as well as in health care settings. Learn more about us here. The position is based at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Note: The USC Jobs Portal will be unable to accept applications between July 1 and 5. During that period, please send a resume, a cover letter specifying the position for which you're applying and explaining why you're a good fit, and your salary requirements to


The pandemic is far from over but crucial COVID-19 protections and benefits are gone. In our next webinar, we'll explore the end of renter protections, unemployment benefits and other emergency relief, and what it means for the nation’s pandemic recovery and the health and well-being of low-income people and their communities. Glean story ideas and crucial context. Sign-up here!

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States?  Apply now for one of our positions. 


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