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Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Health Foundations and More

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Health Foundations and More

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This week, we bring you opportunities with two health-related foundations seeking communication professionals. Also highlighted are editor and writer positions at various online publications. In addition, you'll find updated information on upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities and projects, including a deadline extension on a previously listed fellowship.

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Featured Listing

Senior Program Officer/Program Officer, Health Reform & Public Program Initiative, California Healthcare Foundation
Location: Oakland, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

"Position Overview: Play a major role in leading the Foundation's work in the Health Reform & Public Programs (HRPP) Initiative. Lead the development, implementation and tracking of philanthropic strategies to support the implementation of health reform and advance the effectiveness of California's public coverage programs."


New Job and Internship Listings

Communications Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Location: Princeton, NJ
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Web Reporter, Kaiser Health News
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Part Time (25 hours/week)
Medium: Online

Staff Writer, BioWorld Today (via Gorkana Jobs)
Location: Atlanta, GA or telecommute
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Digital Editor, fast-growing woman's health magazine - BCDT Associates, LLC (via JournalismNext)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Full Time


Fellowships and Grants

UPDATED: MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program
Eligibility: All journalists are eligible to apply (except for past recipients of this MetLife Fellowship).
Deadline: Extended to Aug. 5, 2011
From the Website: "The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) are welcoming applications - from journalists who cover issues in aging and/or who work for ethnic media outlets - for the second year of a joint fellowship program underwritten by the MetLife Foundation."

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."

Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship, The Commonwealth Fund
Eligibility: Mid-career health services researchers or practitioners who are U.S. citizens and have completed a master's degree or doctorate (or the equivalent thereof) in health services research, health administration, health policy, or a related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate expertise in health policy issues and track record of informing health policy through research, policy analysis, health services, or clinical leadership.
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011
From the Website: "This program offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals-academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, and journalists-to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries."

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."

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