Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: NY Media Seek Health Journalists

Published on
July 14, 2011

This week, the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post seeks a Health News Editor. Also highlighted are opportunities at various online outlets and with Harvard Medicine magazine. And as always, we've included the most updated information on upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities.

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Featured Listing

Health News Editor, Healthy Living (Huffington Post Media Group)
Location:New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

"The Huffington Post's Health News editor will report to the Healthy Living Editor and be responsible for updating the Healthy Living site with articles, video and more, optimizing web traffic, promoting content on social media and growing the site's community.


  • Identify, edit, publish and promote content-aggregated news articles, link outs, original reporting and write-ups, and occasional blogs
  • File and assign breaking news stories and videos for your site
  • Write health stories daily
  • Implement SEO best practices on all article pages and content packages
  • Work with Editor to manage editorial calendar for the site -- creating season-based articles and packages showcasing specific themes, topics and concepts
  • Maintain the Health News section of the site -- updating frequently with fresh content
  • Help maintain the Healthy Living homepage -- updating regularly with news content
  • Take control of workflow practices to maximize efficiency of the publication of high quality, reliable content
  • Give assignments, edit copy and oversee the assistant news editor and health reporter
  • Promote the site through social media
  • Support needs of Editor
  • Cover events when appropriate for the site"


New Job and Internship Listings

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

Freelance Online Assistant, Women's Health Magazine
Location: New York, NY
Status: Freelance
Medium: Online

Creative Director, Natural Health Dossier (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Status: Full Time
Medium: Other

Editor, Harvard Medicine (via mediabistro)
Location: Boston, MA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print


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."

MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program
Eligibility: All journalists are eligible to apply (except for past recipients of this MetLife Fellowship).
Deadline: Friday, July 29, 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."

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."