Media Relations Specialist

Northwestern Medicine

About Us:

Northwestern Medicine is the shared strategic vision of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to transform the future of healthcare.

Position Details

Media Relations Specialist
Northern Illinois
Winfield, IL

Essential Functions:

  • Supports the system strategic plan and organizational goals by promoting new programs, service enhancements, and research activities in specified clinical areas to the news media through a variety of outreach activities including press releases and tailored pitches. 
  • Builds positive and credible working relationships with members of the news media by researching and developing new media contacts and through consistent, positive interaction with current contacts. 
  • Serves as a contact with local and national news media for interview requests, medical information requests and patient condition reports. 
  • Provides appropriate media support to non-clinical hospital offerings, educational programs and special events as necessary. 
  • During a crisis, works closely with Director of Media Relations and other members of management as appropriate in developing and implementing a communications strategy.
  • Responsible for the ongoing review and revision of the organization’s crisis communications plan. 
  • Provides other administrative and professional services as required including working with the team to compile and distribute E-News on a daily basis. 
  • Serves as the on-call media contact on a rotating basis. 
  • Responsible for making sure that materials he/she produces adhere to department quality standards, HIPAA privacy laws, and, when applicable, IRB standards for promoting clinical research.


  • Bachelors degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field. 
  • 5 to 7 years media relations or related experience, preferably in healthcare. 
  • Must have thorough knowledge of how the media works and a proven track record of generating press with major outlets. 
  • Should also possess excellent writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to create and execute projects with little supervision required.

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