The Virginia Mercury seeks an experienced reporter to cover state government and policy, with a particular focus on health care, social services and poverty.

From Medicaid expansion to the deficiencies of Virginia’s foster care system and debates on regulating payday and car title lending, this reporter will tackle issues that affect millions of Virginians daily.

This position will be based in Richmond.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Produce regular, enterprising reporting on the state’s health care policy, social services system and consumer protection issues
  • Contribute regularly to The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog
  • Generate story ideas with the editorial team
  • Pursue story leads with strong self-direction and news judgment
  • Assist other reporters with research and pertinent knowledge
  • Establish and expand social media presence representing the outlet
  • Use personal social media accounts to amplify site’s content
  • Take quality photos to illustrate stories.
  • Reliable personal transportation. (mileage reimbursed)

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Bachelor’s degree and three to five years previous news reporting and/or editing experience.

Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Familiarity with the health care landscape and the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience covering one or more of the relevant subject areas (health care, social services or poverty) strongly preferred.
  • Self-starter with sound news judgment and ability to simultaneously manage ongoing short- and long-term projects.
The Mercury is part of the Newsroom, a project of the Hopewell Fund. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Send your resume, a brief introductory statement and clips (links or pdfs) to Editor in Chief Robert Zullo: rzullo<at>