Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Covering Southern California Health Issues

Published on
October 7, 2011

Southern California Reporting on Health readers, take note of an exciting workshop taking place in Los Angeles next weekend. Spend a day with the National Association of Black Journalists and hear from local journalists about how to improve the news coverage of health issues. Also, check out this week's job and internship listings and the latest information on fellowships, competitions and more.

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Featured Event

Media Institute on Health Reporting: Covering Untold Stories in the Southern California area, National Association of Black Journalists
Eligibility: Registration open until Oct. 10, 2011.
Program: The one-day workshop will take place Oct. 15 in Los Angeles.
From the Website: "The goal of this free one-day workshop is to give print, broadcast and online journalists the tools to more effectively report on health stories affecting underserved communities in the Southern California area. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower readers, listeners and viewers on how to take action to improve their lives through better health."


New Job and Internship Listings

Senior Editor, Kaiser Health News, Kaiser Family Foundation (via mediabistro)
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Senior Medical Writer, Bulletin News
Location: Reston, VA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Video Producer, Men's Health (Rodale)
Location: Emmaus, PA or New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Email Marketing Specialist, WebMD
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Health & Social Services Reporter, Yakima Herald-Republic (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Yakima, WA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print, Online

Healthcare Intern, Fleishman-Hillard (via Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Health Writer/Editor, health information publisher (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Boston, MA
Status: Freelance
Medium: Print, Online


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."

Food Writing/Reporting Fellowship for Immigrant Journalists, Feet in 2 Worlds
Eligibility: Open to staff or freelance immigrant and first-generation immigrant reporters and editors who work in any language.
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2011
From the Website: "Fellows will receive training in blogging and multimedia presentations (audio slide shows and podcasts), as well as on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will produce stories for the Feet in Two Worlds blog ( and for the news organization(s) for whom they normally report. There will also be opportunities for a select group of fellows to produce radio stories for broadcast online and on the air. This three-month fellowship runs from Oct. 31, 2011 to January 31, 2012."

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."