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Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Apply for a National Health Journalism Fellowship

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Apply for a National Health Journalism Fellowship

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Deadlines are fast approaching for this year's National Health Journalism Fellowship, Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism Grant and the inaugural Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Journalism Fund Grant. Don't miss out on these opportunities to support your reporting.

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Featured Fellowship

2012 National Health Journalism Fellowship, The California Endowment
Eligibility: Applicants do not need to be full-time health reporters, but should have a demonstrated interest in health issues and must be based in the U.S.
Deadline: April 15, 2012
From the Website: "This program will be especially valuable for journalists interested in topics related to "Health and Place," or how neighborhood and work environments impact health and life expectancy. As part of that exploration, our Fellows will see firsthand how race, ethnicity, and class influence health with trips out in the field from our conference home base, Los Angeles, an international city that has been called a 'proving ground' for a multicultural society."


New Job and Internship Listings

Offsite Medical/Science Copywriter, Life Extension (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Senior Editor, Women's Health
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Healthcare Reporter, RI Public Radio (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Status: Full Time
Medium: Broadcast


Fellowships and Grants

The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism Grant, The California Endowment
Eligibility: Both employed journalists and freelancers are welcome to apply.
Deadline: April 16, 2012
From the Website: "The Dennis A. Hunt Fund seeks proposals for stories or multimedia projects that illuminate or expose critical community health or community health policy issues. Proposals can focus on a specific health topic or delve into a confluence of circumstances and conditions that impact health, including environment; social class; crime and violence; urban development; access to health resources or the lack thereof; school absenteeism; transportation or city planning, and and disparities in health."

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Journalism Fund Grant, The California Endowment
Eligibility: Applicants need not be fulltime health reporters, but they need to have a passion for children's health news and receive the bulk of their income from journalism.
Deadline: April 15, 2012
From the Website: "Two journalists will be competitively selected as Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Fellows and will spend five days in Los Angeles as part of the National Health Journalism Fellowship, an intensive professional education program that usually admits about 20 journalists. To encourage journalists and their newsrooms to aim high in reporting on health at a time of scarce resources, the Fellowship offers a reporting grant of between $2,000 and $5,000 to support what is expected to be an ambitious explanatory or investigative reporting project on children's health."

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, The Carter Center
Eligibility: Applicants must have at least three years of experience in print or electronic journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking).
Deadline: April 16, 2012
From the Website: "The Carter Center Mental Health Program in Atlanta, GA provides six one-year fellowships for U.S. journalists to report on a selected topic regarding mental health or mental illnesses. The Fellowships are designed to increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information. Each journalist awarded will receive a $10,000 stipend."



SEJ 2012 Awards for Reporting on the Environment, Society of Environmental Journalists
Eligibility: Reporters who cover health, politics, science, energy, local government or any other beat are encouraged to enter their work on environmental subjects.
Deadline: April 2, 2012
From the Website: "SEJ's 10th annual journalism contest recognized outstanding environmental coverage in six categories, each with cash prizes. This year, SEJ has added a category for Photojournalism. Up to five photographs on one or more environmental topics, published between March 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012."

National Journalism Awards, Asian American Journalists Association
Eligibility: You do not need to be an AAJA member to submit an entry.
Deadline: April 20, 2012
From the Website: "AAJA's National Journalism Awards, established in 1989, recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. These awards demonstrate the ability of journalists--AAPI and otherwise--to cover the news with authority, sensitivity, insight and an eye towards diversity."

The Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, The Endocrine Society
Eligibility: Open to all credentialed journalists in print (both "hard" and electronic) or broadcast.
Deadline: Contact Aaron Lohr:
From the Website: "The Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism honors journalists for outstanding reporting that enhances public understanding of medical and science issues pertaining to the field of endocrinology."

Sidney Award, The Sidney Hillman Foundation
Eligibility: The Sidney is awarded monthly to a piece published in a magazine, newspaper, on a news site, or a blog in the United States. Television and radio segments broadcast in the United States are also eligible, as are published photography series.
Deadline: Deadlines are the last Friday of the month in which the piece was published/aired. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.
From the Website: "For more than 50 years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded, annually, the prestigious Hillman Prizes in Journalism. In 2009, the Foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism. We are looking for commentary and investigative work in service of the common good."



Health Journalism 2012: Freelance PitchFest, Association of Health Care Journalists
Eligibility: You must be a professional journalist, an AHCJ member and already registered for the conference to sign up for PitchFest appointments.
Deadline:Sign ups will open at 10 a.m. Central time on Friday, March 23.
From the Website: "Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Atlanta to meet you! Bring your best ideas to the AHCJ Freelance PitchFest. This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications."


The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 National Fellowship will provide $2,000 to $10,000 reporting grants, five months of mentoring from a veteran journalist, and a week of intensive training at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles from July 16-20. Click here for more information and the application form, due May 5.

The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 Symposium on Domestic Violence provides reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The next session will be offered virtually on Friday, March 31. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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