Monday, April 19, 2010

Jobs: Global Health Reporter/Blogger in Seattle

Job posting in global health journalism. My friend Keith Seinfeld sent this along. He's part of a new venture being funded by a grant via the Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and channeled through a team at NPR.

Here's what Keith writes:

KPLU/Pacific Public Media is seeking a reporter-blogger who is a first-rate writer and communicator to report on global health-related issues relevant to the Seattle area and beyond. This new position is part of a web-only project, launched by NPR in cooperation with member-stations.

About Us: Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KPLU has been bringing award winning local and National Public Radio news, jazz and blues to the Puget Sound Region since 1966. KPLU is a community service of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with broadcast studios located in Tacoma and Seattle, extending coverage from Vancouver, B.C. to Vancouver WA. Pacific Lutheran University is committed to diversity, endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and actively seeks applications from women and persons of color.

About the Position: The reporter-blogger will be charged with building a dedicated online following around coverage of local research-oriented health organizations, global development organizations, public health policy, infectious diseases, and other topics related to global health. The position requires that you establish yourself as the area's most authoritative voice on the issue, with a strong local profile and a national reach through and the wider public broadcasting system. Candidates should have subject-matter expertise and a solid journalistic track record befitting KPLU's reputation as a trusted local news source. The strongest candidates will have a demonstrated ability to cultivate sources, identify important trends in global health, generate original story ideas, and collect and verify information through a variety of online and offline channels. Candidates should be conversant with blogging and social media applications, along with digital photography and video. Proven experience developing a successful niche news site, building audience, establishing a social media brand, or stoking community engagement are desired.

This is a full-time position, under the terms of a two-year grant, and receives a salary plus a benefits package. It is based in downtown Seattle.

For full description, qualifications and to apply for this position, visit:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Nutriset Sued Over Plumpy'Nut Patent

Two American non-profit organizations file suit against Nutriset, contesting the patent for Plumpy'Nut. This has certainly been a long time coming, as my previous reports and links on this patent issue indicate. Read the full BBC on the Plumpy'Nut patent controversy.