Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Health mags, Weight Watchers and more

Published on
June 16, 2011

This week, we bring you a handful of openings at various health-centric magazines. Also highlighted: opportunities with the Weight Watchers Magazine and Publishing Division, the Dow Jones healthcare beat and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And as always, find the most updated information on upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities.

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Featured listing:

Deputy Editor, Natural Health Magazine (via Mediabistro)
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

"Natural Health magazine is seeking a deputy editor to join its editorial and art teams in Los Angeles. This position will be charged with assigning and editing multiple features and columns each issue, as well as top-editing all copy. In addition to thinking about the big picture (working closely with the editor in chief on lineups, budgets and branding initiatives) the deputy editor must also be able to handle multiple writing and editing assignments at the same time and be able to meet tight deadlines.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum of five years professional experience writing, assigning and editing for national consumer magazines, preferably in the women's and/or health field
  • have a strong interest in organics and natural health and beauty (work experience in these fields is preferred)
  • have a proven track record of managing (or mentoring) junior editors
  • be able to work both independently and collaboratively, with experience working closely with an art department
  • write compelling coverlines, headlines and deks
  • have experience turning evergreen story ideas into fresh, surprising feature packages

We also require experience and demonstrated ability to adhere to the highest journalistic standards of quality, accuracy, fairness and objectivity. Must be able to handle multiple projects under deadline, and to work both independently and collaboratively, in an organized manner. Planning, packaging and visual skills are required. The deputy editor will report to and serve as a stand-in for the editor in chief, and also will help manage editorial staff. Story assigning, editing and brainstorming skills will be tested. Some travel required."


New Job and Internship Listings

Health Editor, Prevention (Rodale)
Location: Emmaus, PA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Junior Producer, Men's Health (Rodale)
Location: Emmaus, PA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Healthcare Reporter, Dow Jones Newswires (via JournalismJobs)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Wires

Managing Editor, Weight Watchers
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Manager, Internal Communications, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Location: San Francisco, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications


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."

Fund for Environmental Journalism
Eligibility: Applicants should be journalists working independently or on staff of a for-profit or non-profit news organization. SEJ membership is not required.
Deadline: July 15, 2011
From the Website: SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism accepts applications for grants of up to $3,500 to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures. The purpose of the FEJ is to provide incentives and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism."

2011 Dart Ochberg Fellowships, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
Eligibility: Print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of full-time experience.
Deadline: July 27, 2011
From the Website: "An intensive program, to be held in Baltimore Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, designed to help mid-career journalists improve coverage of traumatic events. Fellows attend an intensive weeklong seminar program, including briefings by leading interdisciplinary experts in the trauma field and discussions with journalist colleagues, and attend the annual conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The fellowship covers all travel and ground expenses while attending the program."

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."

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: Sept. 16, 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."