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Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Medical Institutes, Magazines and More

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Medical Institutes, Magazines and More

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Whether your expertise lies in print or online, publishing or corporate, general health or topic-specific, this week's job listings likely will interest you. Also listed are upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities, projects and more. Please note: The deadline for the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards in Northern California has been extended.

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Featured Listing

Senior Health Writer-Editor, PCRI Foundation
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

"The Senior Healthcare Writer-Editor researches, writes, and edits technical materials for the new website and Facebook-style community, such as scientific or technical research reports, healthcare journal articles and statistical briefs, supporting the online community and multiple projects.


The Senior Health Writer-Editor will be charged with staying on top of the biggest breakthroughs in medical science for prostate cancer and delivering that information to a worldwide community through the Foundation's website . The ideal candidate will have a feel for what works on the Web, a grasp of the online health information, and a passion for health content that will keep the health site fresh, informative, and editorially aligned with its audience.

Prostate Cancer treatment is a fast moving and rapidly evolving field and the treatment decisions are emotionally charged and involve high stakes. There is no other organization attempting to provide cutting edge educational materials that aren't slanted to convincing patients to do one form of therapy.

To apply, please contact NJ Jaeger at with links to resume and your online portfolio (health or science). The position is open now and interviews will commence immediately. This is ideal long-term situation for a talented local writer who wishes to become a recognizable and respected subject expert."


New Job and Internship Listings

Senior Writer, Health Communication, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Boston, MA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Media Relations Specialist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Location: Chevy Chase, MD
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Chief Speechwriter, UC Davis Health System
Location: Davis, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Executive Editor, Weight Watchers International, magazine (via mediabistro)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Writer/Editor, Consumer Oncology, Intellisphere, LLC (via mediabistro)
Location: Plainsboro, NJ
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Senior Health Editor, national magazine publisher (via mediabistro)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Editor, Diabetes Forecast, American Diabetes Association
Location: Alexandria, VA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Assistant Editor, Wainscot Media's Health & Life magazines (via Ed2010)
Location: Montvale, NJ
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Education-Health Reporter, Bismarck Tribune (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Copy Editor, Health Monitor (via Ed2010)
Location: Paramus, NJ
Status: Freelance
Medium: Online


Fellowships and Grants

George Polk Grants for Investigative Reporting, Long Island University
Eligibility: Applicants should have a proven track record as an investigative reporter. Special consideration will be given to journalists who have been laid off or are no longer employed by a news organization.
Deadline: Unspecified
From the Website: This program is intended as a resource for the reporter who always has wanted to dig into a particular topic or who has developed useful expertise – who knows "where the bodies are buried" – on a matter of public interest that may be local, national or international in scope. Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on the duration and complexity of the proposed project."

National Library of Medicine Fellowships, Association of Health Care Journalists
Eligibility: Apply via website
Deadline: Aug. 22, 2011
From the Website: "HCJ will select four journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. The selected journalists will learn how to explore the latest NIH research, learn to understand and interpret biomedical statistics, take advantage of NLM's data, programs and resources for stronger stories, and get hands-on training in PubMed, MedlinePlus,, ToxNet and Household Products Database."

California Health Journalism Fellowship, USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships
Eligibility: Open to professional journalists from print, broadcast, and online media in California, including freelancers. Applicants need not be full time health reporters, but they need to have a passion for health news (broadly defined).
Included: All-expenses paid seminars in Los Angeles, mentoring for completion of reporting project
Deadline: August 26, 2011
From the Website: "During the Fellowship sessions, Fellows get plenty of time to discuss with experts, and with each other, strategies for covering health news with authority and sophistication. Between the two sessions and for three months after the second session, Fellows confer by phone and e-mail with veteran journalists who guide them through work on major Fellowship projects. The Fellowship will meet from November 17-20, 2011 in Los Angeles and from February 23-25, 2012."

Spring 2012 Global Health Fellowship, International Reporting Project
Eligibility: U.S. journalists with at least five years of professional experience in any medium.
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011
From the Website:"The International Reporting Project (IRP) is offering up to five IRP Fellowships for U.S. journalists to report on global health topics such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, maternal and child health or new scientific research aimed at reducing the impact of global diseases. The nine-week reporting Fellowships will begin in mid-February 2012 and extend through mid-April 2012. Fellows will spend two weeks in Washington at the IRP offices preparing for their overseas trips and then five weeks reporting on their chosen health topics in the country of their choice. Fellows will return to Washington for a final two weeks of reporting and presentations of their findings."


Educational Opportunities

Workshop: Reporting on Intimate Partner Violence, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Eligibility: Apply for consideration; due date: Sept. 26, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST
Program: The workshop, supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will take place October 21 and 22, 2011 at the Columbia Journalism School in New York.
From the Website: "The workshop will feature a wide range of national and local mental health and policy experts, award-winning journalists, educators and prevention advocates. It will include background briefings as well as specialized reporting skills training to enhance journalists' capacity to report on relationship violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively. It will examine these issue across diverse communities and special populations including teenagers, immigrants and refugees; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals."



Health Care in the States, NPR News and Kaiser Health News
Eligibility: Experienced public radio news reporters currently employed by an NPR Member Station
Deadline: Aug. 19, 2011
From the Website:"Health Care in the States will give up to 24 NPR Member Station reporters the opportunity to spend several months diving more deeply into health care issues affecting their communities and the nation. The project will empower partnering stations to expand and deepen their health-care coverage, surface more local stories for NPR coverage, and make often-complicated national health care issues understandable and relatable to their audiences."



2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California
Eligibility: Stories must have been published between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, by a news outlet or individuals based in Northern California.
Deadline: Extended to Aug. 30, 2011
From the Website: "For the past 26 years, the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected from among the Bay Area's best of the best for its acclaimed Excellence in Journalism Awards. These awards honor the journalists whose work best reflects the SPJ ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion."

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