Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Reporters and Correspondents Wanted

Published on
June 23, 2011

Health reporters and correspondents are in high demand this week, particularly on the East Coast. This edition of Health Media Jobs and Opportunities features an array of opportunities for health journalists at print, online and newswire organizations. And as always, we've included most updated information on upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities.

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Featured listing:

Senior Health Correspondent, Thomson Reuters
Location: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
Status: Full Time
Medium: Wires

"At Thomson Reuters, we deliver intelligent information quickly and efficiently, so professionals have knowledge to act. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare, and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

This is one of the best jobs at any news organization. As Senior Health Correspondent, you will be charged with staying on top of the biggest breakthroughs in medical science, major public health initiatives and the reorganization of the world's largest and most expensive healthcare market. You will help Reuters' health coverage stand out by setting the agenda on health topics and working closely with a global team of Health & Science writers. We are looking for an experienced journalist with an eye for unconventional stories, who can mine their sources for self-initiated enterprise pieces that no one else has, write authoritatively about the biggest health developments of the day (E. coli, swine flu, vaccines) and provide a health perspective on broader global events (Japan's nuclear disaster, the BP oil spill and more). Reuters has a track record of award-winning health coverage. You will be tasked with building up that profile even further, and demonstrate an awareness of how to write for our various audiences, from investors to healthcare professionals and the wide global readership interested in health."


New Job and Internship Listings

Healthcare Reporter, Bloomberg
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Full Time
Medium: Wires

In-house Healthcare/Medical News B2B Reporter, DOTmed News (via JournalismJobs)
Location: New York, NY
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print, Online

Healthcare & Tourism Reporter, Pacific Coast Business Times (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Print

Web-first Reporter, (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Status: Full Time
Medium: 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."

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."



Rethink The Food Label, Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education
Eligibility: Submit designs in JPG format and under 1 MB in size.
Deadline: July 1, 2011
From the Website: "The assignment: Redesign the food label. Incorporate the existing nutrition facts and calorie counts. Or reimagine a label entirely based on food quality, food justice, or lesser-known chemosensory characteristics. Consider a food's carbon footprint or its cultural significance. Above all, make the redesigned label informative, instructive, and memorable."