Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Brief the Nation on Health Care News

Published on
April 6, 2012

This week, check out a handful of print openings at publications of various health disciplines. Also, keep an eye on upcoming deadlines for our 2012 fellowships and grants - these opportunities are not to be missed.

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Featured Listing

Associate Editor, The Daily Briefing, The Advisory Board Company
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

"We're seeking a news junkie. A detail-oriented critical thinker. A person who thrives on deadlines. Someone who's excited to analyze the nation's health care news-and tell more than 90,000 subscribers what they need to know that day.

We know; we're seeking someone special. But we have high standards at the Daily Briefing. It's the Advisory Board's flagship news vehicle and a must-read at thousands of hospitals across the nation. According to one hospital executive who missed a few issues, "I feel like I'm going through caffeine withdrawal not being able to see the Daily Briefing every day."

The Daily Briefing's small but dynamic team typically works a 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. shift, although there is flexibility. Until noon, staff members are on a very tight deadline while composing the day's issue; afternoons are less intense. The associate editor drives the process while working closely with other News Division publications and coordinating with staff from across the firm."


New Job and Internship Listings

Web Content Editor, International Medical News Group (via mediabistro)
Location: Rockville, MD
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Senior Writer, BioCentury Publications Inc. (via craigslist)
Location: Redwood City, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Associate Editor, APA Monitor on Psychology (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Senior Editor, Public Affairs, American Health Care Association
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print, Online

Writer/Editor, Weill Cornell Medical College (via HigherEdJobs)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print, Other


Fellowships and Grants

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."

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."



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."

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, Journalism Center on Children & Families
Eligibility: Did you write, report, produce, shoot, or create a powerful piece of journalism/media in 2011 about the lives of children and families in the U.S?
Deadline: April 20, 2012
From the Website: "The awards were created to inspire and recognize exemplary reporting on children and families. Winning stories offer a fresh take on a significant issue, show enterprise in research and reporting and demonstrate masterful storytelling and impact. Judging is conducted by respected journalists and journalism educators."

Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California and the Central Valley, New America Media and KQED
Eligibility: Entries can be print, online or broadcast. All broadcast entries must be under 30 minutes in length.
Deadline: April 27, 2012
From the Website: "Recognizing journalistic excellence, NAM invites news organizations (print, online, radio and television) serving Northern California and/or the Central Valley's ethnic minority and newcomer communities, as well as individuals whose work is published or aired by these media outlets, to submit entries published between January 1, 2011 and March 1, 2012. Entries may be in the language of the publication such as English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Arabic or other relevant languages. Participants are encouraged to include their own translations as needed."

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:
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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."