Biotech/Pharma Reporter

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Date: May 24, 2023

Location: US

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.


The Associated Press seeks an enterprising reporter with a proven track record of covering health or medicine to join our Health & Science team as a biotech reporter based in any U.S. city with an AP bureau. We’re looking for someone who can find stories that will captivate and resonate with a general news audience about trends and developments in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, from the search for new treatments to access to those treatments once they have been authorized.


Responsibilities: Reporting to the Health & Science Editor, you will join AP’s Health & Science team, working with AP journalists and editors across the world to develop stories that break news, have impact and are exclusive to AP. Your primary roles will include finding, reporting and writing stories about drug development, production and sales, and you will develop those stories with colleagues working in other formats. Your work will serve a digital-first audience, with the goal of helping readers gain a deeper understanding about how medicines and other treatments are discovered, developed, marketed, sold and used.


Qualifications: You are an excellent reporter and writer with a history of finding and telling compelling, evidence-based, rigorously reported stories about health or medicine. You question assumptions – including your own – and take the extra reporting steps needed to find out what really happened, and why. You can turn complex and dense subjects into gripping, readable and relatable stories for a general news audience. You work collaboratively with a diverse team of journalists who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.


We’re looking for someone who has a great news sense and the ability to communicate and drive stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms. You’re eager to pursue innovative and inclusive coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity. You have the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on complex, challenging story lines. As an AP journalist, you must be able to and willing to work at night and on weekends as coverage demands.


We will consider strong candidates who do not meet every listed qualification. You may use a cover letter to describe the unique qualifications you would bring to this role.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, such as at least five years of full-time work as reporter or editor at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet or AP bureau.
  • All applicants must be able to work in the U.S. or be able to gain permission to do so.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus.


The anticipated salary range for this position is $80,714 - $110,000 contingent on experience and other job-related factors. Employees are eligible to participate, according to the terms of the official plan documents, in a 401(k) plan, employer-sponsored health insurance plan, and are eligible for paid time off and holidays in accordance with AP policy.





AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.