Deadline: August 14, 2015, 5pm ET
The Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York, has launched a new Healthcare Workforce Media Fellowship to train a recent graduate or early-career journalist on key aspects of reporting on healthcare and nursing workforce issues. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from Johnson & Johnson.
The goal is to improve journalists’ coverage of healthcare workforce issues, with particular attention to the factors that affect existing and new roles of nurses and other health care providers as the nation focuses on improving people’s experiences with care, improving health, and reducing health care costs.
The Fellow will investigate and report on a relevant topic of his or her choice for eight months, including cross-platform reporting.
The Fellow will be selected from a pool of post-graduate and early career health journalist applicants in August and will begin work with CHMP on September 15, 2015.
The Fellow will receive a stipend and support to attend a major healthcare or health journalism conference to foster networking and conversations with other journalists about nursing and workforce issues. The fellow will also have opportunities for one-on-one learning, training, and networking with experts in nursing, policy and journalism from CHMP’s national advisory council.
Who Can Apply?
Interested applicants should:
- Be a recent graduate (<2 years)of a recognized graduate journalism school and/or
- have worked as a journalist for no longer than five (5) years.
- Have strong interest in and commitment to health journalism, multimedia reporting and health care workforce issues
- Be available to meet in person with the program director and National Advisory Council members in NYC* monthly and be available for regular telephone or Skype check-ins. *Applicants outside of the NYC Metro area will be happily considered if willing/able to travel to NYC at their own expense for monthly meetings.
Commit to publishing, at minimum one multimedia report, of at least 20 minutes (with a video or radio component) one print article or series of at least 1000 words, and two republications on a healthcare workforce issue that includes a nursing dimension; and demonstrate use of nurses as sources on health and health care.
All articles must be published, broadcast, or posted through distributed or circulated news media entities rather than personal blogs, and will be required to include a note at the beginning or end crediting that it was written/produced in conjunction with the fellowship (Sample texts will be provided that can be adapted for different media).The stories must reach an audience within the U.S.
Short-term story: The Fellow must produce a story of no less than 1000 words (or comparable broadcast length) stemming directly from any aspect of meetings with one or more members of the National Advisory Council or other available CHMP expert.
The piece must be completed no later than December 24, 2015, and scheduled to be disseminated no later than January 15, 2016. The story can be a news report, feature, or commentary/blog about a meeting, or expand upon a relevant study or discussion of health workforce issues.
Applicants do not need to propose a topic for the short-term story ahead of time, nor do they have to obtain advance approval from an editor/producer that the piece will be considered as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. The subject matter does not have to relate to the longer-term project and can be published through a different media organization if desired. However, it is the Fellow’s responsibility to ensure pieces are published according to stated deadlines.
Therefore, applicants should indicate where they expect to place the short-term story if it will appear in a different news outlet than the long-term project.
Long-term project: Each applicant should submit a proposal (of one to two pages) outlining a major story or series that she or he intends to research and write. The story or series should be of the Fellow’s own design, documenting and explaining a pressing issue regarding healthcare workforce issues, with particular attention to the factors that affect existing and new roles of nurses and other health care providers.
The project deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016, and it must be scheduled to be disseminated no later than Saturday, April 30, 2016. The story or series need not be based on any specific meeting with the National Advisory Council or health conference, although the fellow is welcome to interview any NAC member or conference expert(s) as part of the piece.
Along with the application, candidates must include an agreement by his or her editor/producer to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast.
Although the primary editor/producer for stories will be at each reporter’s news outlet, fellows will be encouraged to consult with program director Liz Seegert or CHMP co-directors Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein for help with sources and background.
The stories resulting from this fellowship will first be published by the journalist’s media organization. HealthCetera, the blog of CHMP, HealthStyles Radio, and New America Media then have the option to cross-post the stories — with full credit and links back to the primary publisher — and make them available to member Pacifica stations or, in the case of NAM, its network of ethnic media outlets. Stories or broadcast reports must include appropriate supporting text (to be supplied) to the Fellowship, CHMP, and Johnson & Johnson.
It may be necessary to work with CHMP and NAM editors to adapt reports to their specific format(s). This may result in shorter article(s) or multimedia reports for distribution. The Fellow will have the right of final approval on any such editing prior to publication or air.
Stipend and Travel
The fellow will receive a stipend of $1,500, with half to be paid on start of the fellowship and the remainder upon completion of the long-term project. CHMP will reimburse the Fellow up to $1,000 for travel, meals and expenses to attend one national journalism or healthcare conference or two regional conferences.
The fellowship selection panel will include journalism, nursing, and policy experts from the Center for Health, Media & Policy. Since this is the inaugural year of the Media Fellowship, the application process is open to any post-graduate or early-career journalist (<5 years’ experience).
For further details about fellowship requirements and potential stories, contact Liz Seegert, Program Director, Center for Health, Media & Policy at email@example.com. Be sure to reference application questions in the subject line.
Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file consisting of the following components:
A cover letter containing:
- Applicant name
- Mailing address
- Office phone
- Mobile phone
- Employer (Freelancers must specify their length of affiliation with the outlet that will publish or broadcast the story.)
- Employer address
- Employer phone
- Employer’s circulation and audience demographic (Please indicate whether this media outlet serves a general audience or a specific community.)
- A resume.
- A one to two-page proposal or detailed outline describing an idea for long-term project topic, how the subject will be be researched and covered, its relevance to the audience, and why you chose to cover the issue.
- A letter from an editor/producer agreeing to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast.
- No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. For applicants submitting print samples, the full story text must be included in the application document. For applicants submitting broadcast samples, please include hyperlinks to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or a file sharing site such as filesanywhere.com — in the application document.
Applications that are not submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file will not be reviewed. Please submit the file (using a file name format of “LastnameFirstname.doc” or “LastnameFirstname.pdf”) using the following link: http://bit.ly/1KYUTtd
Deadline: August 14, 2015; 5pm ET
Applicants will be notified on or before August 31, and selected candidate must be available for an introductory meeting on Tuesday, September 15, in New York City.