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The new Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011 is a challenge to non-professional writers -- anyone who hasn't written for money -- to write 800-word articles that might be published in The Guardian or The Observor. The contest is great incentive for scientists and new writers across the pond, but what is great about the contest for those of us in the United States and elsewhere is the "Secrets of Good Science Writing" feature The Guardian launched this month to encourange entrants. This week in Career GPS, we're highlighting some of the series' most poignant lessons so far and listing the newest job and educational opportunities in health media.

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Last summer, Paul Balcerak slept on the Internet, and experience that showed him new ways that social media can be useful to journalists. This week at Career GPS, Balcerak answers questions about what he learned. Also find new health media job opportunities.

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Blogging regularly can be very satisfying and give you a chance to connect directly with readers.  But is it good for your career? The New England Science Writers hosted a panel of science bloggers at the Harvard Faculty Club in January and MIT Tech TV is hosting a video of the event. The sp

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Digital media news website paidContent launched a list this week that journalists and media profressionals should be paying attention to. They reported and, in some cases, estimated the sales of digital advertising, content and subscriptions to come up with the 50 most successful digital media companies.

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State of the News Media 2011, a comprehensive annual report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, tells us a lot about how health coverage has evolved. Some of the data is predictable, but worth highlighting as we think about how we allocate space in our news coverage

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The Future of Music Coalition conducted a survey in 2010 showing that 33 percent of musicians responding had no health insurance. It's a problem that resonates with freelance journalists or those who do not receive health benefits from their employers. Broader concerns about health access in the

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If you have ever been a freelance journalist, you know how hard it can be to break into a new outlet. That's why opportunities like those offered by HealthyCal.org are golden. The site focuses on health policy and how it connects to communities around California, an apt topic for editor Daniel Weintraub who spent nine years as a public affairs columnist at the Sacramento Bee. When Weintraub launched HealthyCal.org just over a year ago, he was the main content producer. Now, he's looking for new contributors from all over the state to connect Sacramento politics with ground realities.

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Aly Colón, independent journalist and instructor at the Poynter Institute, said in a recent webinar that journalists should look for "listening posts" to help find untold stories. Colón is a specialist in ethics and diversity and discussed ways that journalists can improve in both areas. This week at Career GPS, we start a conversation about diversifying coverage with this question: What are the best places for health journalism listening posts?

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Rick Edmonds is a media business analyst who writes the Biz Blog at Poynter Online. In Poynter’s "100 Ideas to Make Your Journalism Better" webinar last week, Edmonds said journalists need to know what is happening in the business of journalism. While times are going to get leaner as we move ahead, there are still good areas of opportunity in news media, he said. Demand for digital and mobile content is on the rise, as is federal and business coverage. This week at Career GPS, I ask Edmonds about the business of health journalism. Where are we headed and how can we can be prepared?

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If you're looking for affordable and convenient journalism training (that you can do in your pajamas), there are few better resources than Poynter News University. This week in Career GPS, we bring you the best ideas for health journalists from the 100th NewsU webinar, and new health media job openings.

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