The Times seeks health reporter

By October 23, 2021Public, Work and Money

The Times is looking for a health reporter to join our health editor in covering one of the most important beats in journalism.

Applicants should have experience writing for a national newspaper, magazine or news website, be brimming with ideas and have a track record of delivering exclusives.

You will ideally have a background in health or science and an insatiable appetite for news. The successful candidate will also be capable of breaking down complex scientific papers into accurate engaging news stories, have a keen eye for detail and be a meticulous fact-checker.

Please apply with a covering letter and your CV by November 7.


  • Consistently deliver accurate, engaging copy to strict deadlines
  • Pitch agenda-setting exclusive story ideas to the section editor
  • Monitor on-diary releases, events and press conferences on the patch and assist the health editor in planning coverage
  • Work with the health editor on big projects, campaigns and interviews
  • Build and maintain excellent contacts in health
  • Be a self-starter and pitch strong ideas across print and digital
  • Use social networking and other digital platforms for content generation and to promote Times health content
  • Work collaboratively with other sections across the paper, particularly digital and graphics, to ensure the best presentation of stories on our digital platforms.

Skills and experience

  • A background in health coverage and a demonstrable interest in the topic
  • Experience writing for a national newspaper, magazine or news website
  • Ability to spot a story of interest to Times readers
  • Tenacity and persistence in getting the story
  • Keen attention to detail and meticulous fact-checking
  • Able to work autonomously and to strict deadlines
  • Excellent presentation skills and able to communicate succinctly and effectively
  • Unflappable and reliable under pressure
  • An understanding of editorial compliance and regulatory issues

Life at News

At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support.

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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