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Media Fellowship on Healthcare Workforce – Call for Applicants!


Deadline: August 14, 2015, 5pm ET

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typewriterThe 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.

Selection Process and Eligibility

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).

Additional Information

For further details about fellowship requirements and potential stories, contact Liz Seegert, Program Director, Center for Health, Media & Policy at Be sure to reference application questions in the subject line.

Application Process

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
  • E-mail
  • 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.)
  1. A resume.
  2. 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.
  3. A letter from an editor/producer agreeing to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast.
  4. 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 — 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:

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.

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Healthstyles: Health and Social Challenges our nation faces

Tune in to CHMP’s Healthstyles Radio Thursday, June 18th, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City and streamed online here.  In this segment of Healthstyles you’ll hear this:

Co-Producer Liz Seegert takes an in-depth look at some of New York’s diverse family caregivers and learns that most face similar challenges. Ms. Seegert’s report is part of a journalist-in-aging fellowship from the gerontological society of america and new america media, sponsored by the silver century foundation.

Next time, Liz Seegert will report on one center that offers caregivers some respite by giving their loved one the next best thing to home.

Graduate Fellow Kristin Westphaln’s segment;  Tale from the Crib: How sex trafficking could appear appealing to an adolescent

Healthstyles presents a “pimped out” tale from the crib as Kristi Westphaln tackles the topic of sex trafficking with a teen-aged twist.  The discussion of how sex trafficking could appear appealing to adolescents is joined by Ohio based expert pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Gail Hornor. Join Westphaln and Hornor as they define domestic minor sex trafficking, highlight teen-specific risk factors, identify  the long term consequences of involvement in sex trafficking, and focus on resiliency factors that can help protect our teens.

Help us to turn off the trafficking light.

As adolescent recruitment into sex trafficking exists,

we must empower teens with tools to resist.

Protect with all senses: look, listen, and feel.

Adolescence can be rough- but hope and love are real.

Healthstyles in produced by the Center for Health, Media and Policy. To hear archives of previous programs search here.

Healthstyles: In Awe of Being Human & Jen Sorensen Political Cartoonist

Tune in to CHMP’s Healthstyles Radio Thursday, April 16th, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City and streamed online here. 

In this segment of Healthstyles you’ll hear co-host Barbara Glickstein interview Betsy MacGregor, author of In Awe of Being Human: A Doctor’s Stories from the Edge of Life and Death.  Dr. MacGregor worked as a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Beth Israel Medical Center for 30 years. She shares reflections on living, healing and dying set amidst the challenging world of hospitals and hospices, the medical professionals who work in them, and the ever-present mystery of life and death. You can find out more about the book here.  Listen to the full interview.

Glickstein then interviews political cartoonist Jen Sorensen a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen

You can listen to the interview


Healthstyles in produced by the Center for Health, Media and Policy. To hear archives of previous programs search here.

Marijuana Policy

I recently wrote about the Institute of Medicine’s report on Dying in America for the JAMA News Forum. A colleague who read the post pointed me to a PSA that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) subsequently published on having the conversation with family and friends about our end-of-life wishes. At the time, the my computer was not cooperating, so I remembered yesterday that I still needed to view it. I went to the website and found the video. Here is the link: It’s Time to Have the ConversationIt’s quite good and should be shared widely.

But it was the video that automatically popped up after the PSA ended that I found especially intriguing. It was a half-hour IOM video on marijuana policy in the U.S. that provides historical and contemporary views. It’s a fascinating account of how we got to criminalizing marijuana–to the tune of billions of dollars in enforcement costs and untold human costs, particularly for those who were sent to prison for smoking a joint. In one image, the video shows the huge death toll from smoking tobacco and using alcohol, compared with zero deaths from marijuana. The “zero deaths” led me to want more detail on how the deaths for each were calculated, since I imagine that marijuana could be a factor in, for example, a deadly car accident when the driver is a first-time marijuana user. (Years ago, I read a study about the impact of marijuana on driving. It concluded that the danger was in first-time users and that experienced users actually were more cautious in their driving.) However, the video is important because of its straightforward, evidence based presentation and because it’s by the IOM.

The video should be used as a teaching tool for students of policymaking and those who want to understand how the U.S. developed a war on a drug that is probably safer than many of the medications that one can obtain with a prescription (and some that are available over the counter–too many aspirins or tylenol can kill you).

I applaud the IOM for moving beyond what the evidence says on topics and trying to improve how the major messages are disseminated and acted upon. That said, I’m waiting for a member of Congress to discover this video and call for defunding the IOM. Evidence doesn’t seem to matter much in the halls of Congress. Maybe they should smoke a joint.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing

This free performace sparks critical conversations: Playing God: The Rock Opera

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The Center for Health, Media and Policy celebrates the role of the arts in contributing to the critical conversations we are having or need to have about health and health policy. That’s why we’re encouraging those residing in the Greater New York metropolitan region to attend the rock-opera, Playing God: The Rock Opera created by Finnish bioethicists and musicians Matti Häyry and Tuija Takala and legendary drummer Corky Laing.

This production is sponsored by the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and is FREE.  This production has audience members enthralled as they engage you to think about several key social issues we must give more thought to including “designer babies” and “savior siblings.”

Playing God tells the story of a fictional small town whose inhabitants have enjoyed the benefits of gene technology for decades. As the paths of the young characters—whose lives, loves and futures have been shaped by genetic intervention—collide, the secrets, sacrifices and ethical compromises of the community are exposed. Through the story, music and characters, Playing God challenges the audience to study their own ethical convictions, raising open-ended questions about parental choices, perfection, identity and what it means to be human in a world when our fundamental genes are open to manipulation. Playing God has been critically praised and likened to such classic rock theatre pieces as Tommy, The Wall and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Following the performance, there will be an ethics panel discussion moderated by Joseph J. Fins, MD, The E. William Davis, Jr. MD, Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Director of the Research Ethics Consultation Service, Weill Cornell CTSC.

RSVP to this free event at

Go see it. And please, let us know how it made you feel and think.

Thank you!


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