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Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Blog About Your Community's Health

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Blog About Your Community's Health

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This week, KQED is recruiting citizen journalists in various cities to report on the health issues that plague their communities. Also, note that applications for the Health Journalism Fellowships presented by the Association of Health Care Journalists & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are due in one week. As always, find the latest in health jobs, workshops and more.

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Featured Listing

Community Correspondent, KQED (sent in by Reporting on Health member Shuka Kalantari)
Location: Merced, CA; South Sacramento, CA; Richmond, CA and others
Status: Project basis
Medium: Online

KQED is seeking community correspondent (aka 'citizen journalists') from Merced, South Sacramento and Richmond to write about community health issues in their city for our community health blog, "Our State of Health."

We invite residents of Merced, South Sacramento and Richmond to apply to be community correspondents, covering health issues specific to their community by reporting, writing, and submitting audio, video and/or photos on our blog. People with a broad range of experience are encouraged to apply. Journalism or blogging experience is not required. What is required is a commitment to write one post per week and correspondent with our KQED health editor regarding edits, story ideas, etc.

While we have a handful of communities we want to cover, we are not restricted to those you see below. If you feel you have a story to tell and you think your community is underserved by mainstream media, let us know!

Our State of Health was launched with the idea that the best way to learn about the health lives of our communities is to give voice to community members themselves. The stories, videos and photos that you'll find on this blog are all gathered and reported by our community correspondents. They know what's happening in their own neighborhoods. They know what health concerns lay beneath the surface, and what community members think should be done. In short, our community correspondents have a stake in the health of their communities, and they're dedicated to informing the rest of us of what needs attention.

We are seeking one correspondent per community. The community correspondent will be trained by KQED staff throughout the project. He or she will be paid stipends for the training sessions ($100), as well as monthly stipends for one blog post per week ($50 per post for four posts per month). To find out more about the communities that are represented, check out our Google map.

Application forms and KQED contact information can be downloaded online at Our State of Health.


New Job and Internship Listings

Health Book Editor, Rodale
Location: Emmaus, PA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Web Editor, The Medicare NewsGroup (via mediabistro)
Location: Glencoe, IL
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Managing Editor, Men's Health website (via mediabistro)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Staff Writer, TriMed Media Group (via Gorkana Jobs)
Location: Providence, RI
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print, Online

Feature Writer, Health & Family, Daytona Beach News-Journal (via Creative Jobs Central)
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print


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."

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships, Association of Health Care Journalists & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eligibility: Fellowships are open to professional journalists working in the United States.
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2011
From the Website: "Ten fellows will be chosen to spend a week studying public health issues at two CDC campuses. The AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows will: attend sessions on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, pandemic flu preparedness, climate change, vaccine safety, obesity, autism and more; tour the CDC director's National Emergency Operations Center; meet new sources on policy and research; learn how to tap the agency's abundant resources to produce better stories." The fellowship dates are Dec. 4-8, 2011.


Educational Opportunities

Business of Health Care Workshop, Association of Health Care Journalists
Eligibility: Registration is open to AHCJ members and non-members.
Program: The workshop will take place Oct. 27-28 in San Francisco, CA, and will provide resources, skills and ideas that journalists can apply to their jobs immediately.
From the Website: Learn more about how to cover this tremendous economic engine beyond the routine stories, with tools to find essential information your audiences need, crossing the traditional beats of health, business and government. Panel topics will include: tapping the holy grail of hospital data, using online tools for journalists to visualize data, the effect of the economy and reform on health businesses, the insurance battles ahead, lunch with futurist and author Ian Morrison, Medicare at a crossroads" and much more.



Journalism contest on disability issues, Union of Russian Journalists and Russian Society of People with Disabilities (via ijnet)
Eligibility: Entries must be published from Dec. 1, 2010 - Oct. 31, 2011.
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011
From the Website: "The competition is aimed to attract attention of media to the people with disabilities, their issues and challenges. Potential topics include inclusion of the people with disabilities into society and encouraging them to participate in the life of society actively."


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