Through a $1.25 million grant from the Bower Foundation, Mississippi Today will launch a dedicated health section in early 2022.
Funding from the Bower Foundation will allow the newsroom to hire three new positions: Community Health Editor, Community Health Reporter and Community Health Data Reporter. Mississippi Today already has one health reporter on staff, which will make this four-person health reporting team the only of its kind in the state.
“The Bower Foundation is a leader in demonstrating philanthropy’s role in supporting journalism that builds a more informed Mississippi,” said Mary Margaret White, Mississippi Today CEO. “This generous grant will enhance the capacity for Mississippi Today to produce in-depth journalism about health issues and health care news.”
Mississippi Today will also be able to expand its reporting on how the Mississippi health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works while also reporting on public health and population health issues. The health team will build a readership targeted at thought leaders and the citizens of Mississippi who most need accurate and easy-to-understand information on health issues and health care news.
“Mississippi Today shines a bright light on many important issues and we are pleased to make this investment to make more information available about health issues in our state,” said Anne Travis, Bower Foundation CEO.
Mississippi Today plans a multifaceted portfolio of reporting, including daily/breaking news stories as well as deeper-dive investigative features, to explore our state’s complicated health framework and bring some much-needed transparency to its processes. Please visit our careers page to read more about the positions we have available.
We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom that represents the people and communities we serve. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people who are differently abled.
Job Posting: Community Health Editor
Job Posting: Community Health Reporter
Job Posting: Community Health Data Journalist