The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the national not-for-profit association established in 1863 that represents over 91,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia and uniformed services, is seeking a News Reporter to join our Publications team located at our Headquarters office in Schaumburg, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
Reporting to the Senior News Editor, the News Reporter will be responsible for writing articles on veterinary and animal-related news for publication in print and digital media owned by the AVMA. The News Reporter will generate story leads, conduct interviews, perform research and obtain photographs, as needed, to develop news articles. The position will also work closely with the Online Editorial Assistant to develop story summaries, photo galleries, maps, videos and graphs for the website, social media and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) app.
A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, with a minimum of two years of related post-college work experience, preferably in newspapers, is required. Association experience is a plus. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential, including the ability to communicate to both the scientific and nonscientific communities. We require working experience and knowledge with interviewing, reporting, editing and using Associated Press style. Familiarity with Adobe InCopy and experience writing for social media are desired. A successful candidate must be highly organized, with extreme attention to detail; able to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously; and able to work effectively as a member of a team and independently. The flexibility to work outside regular business hours and travel on behalf of the AVMA is required, with approximately 15% travel.
Deadline for applications is 7/5/18. Submit cover letter, resume, some examples of relevant work, and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Government Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $30M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.