Healthcare reporter: Freelance

About us
The Lens is the New Orleans area’s first nonprofit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom, dedicated to unique investigative and explanatory journalism.

Our mission is to educate, engage and empower readers with information and analysis necessary for them to advocate for a more transparent and just governance that is accountable to the public.

Position description

The Lens is seeking a freelance reporter to cover healthcare news during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are looking for someone who can explain the science to our readers in an engaging, readable way. Having established sources in the local healthcare community would be a plus. 

The reporter will be expected to pitch and produce one to two stories per week. Some stories may be assigned by the editor. 

Topics previously covered: 

Potential topics to cover: 

  • Analysis of local and state infection, mortality and hospitalization rates
  • National and international context for state data on infection rates, testing rates and deaths from the disease
  • Local research and clinical trials of COVID-19 treatments—The debate on reopening the state and how long mitigation measures will have to be in place

If you’re interested, please contact Lens Founder and Director Karen Gadbois, at editor@thelensnola.org, with your resume and a brief letter of introduction. Applications should be submitted by July 31, 2020. Subject line should read “Lens healthcare reporter.”