Online health editor gig with The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

Hi everyone:

This just in from The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, where I'm on the board:

Seeking Editor for Health Journalism Web Site

Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Description:

Help shape the future of health care journalism in California, while creating an online community for reporters, editors and producers who have a passion for health news. The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California is seeking a talented online health news editor for its California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships (www.californiahealthjournalism.org).

The editor will be the principal content editor and a key writer for the program’s soon-to-be-relaunched Web site. The program is dedicated to educating journalists on topics including multicultural health, the uninsured, current issues in health care, and health and medical reporting skills topics.

Our goal is to take advantage of the Internet and to develop resource material and educational backgrounders uniquely suited to the Web. We aim to complement our existing fellowship program and to expand exponentially the program’s reach, efficacy and visibility.

The online editor will create and edit editorial and multimedia content to help journalists cover health topics with context and balance. The editor will also help to foster and nurture an online community of journalists dedicated to sharing ideas, tips and experiences on producing good health journalism in diverse communities.

The person filling this position should be a skilled health journalist who has familiarity with multimedia journalism. He/she should be comfortable with writing a column/blog, and editing the contributions of freelancers in print and multimedia. (We will use an outside programmer to take on the more technical aspects of creating creative health journalism education content).

The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a professional education program, currently trains 80 to 100 California journalists a year at workshops held throughout California. Its fellows hear from some of the country’s most respected health and medicine leaders as well at top journalists in the field.

Candidates applying for this position should have:

• Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in journalism and/or experience as a health beat reporter or editor.

• Strong editorial judgment and solid editing and copy editing skills.

• Clear writing.

• Experience managing, assigning, editing freelancers

• Experience with multimedia journalism that integrates sound, pictures, video.

• Familiarity with health news sources and databases.

• Willingness to work collaboratively in a start-up environment.

• Comfort with database software such as Access and Excel.

• Bilingual skills are a plus.

This is a contract position. Applications will be considered from candidates who live outside of Los Angeles.

Interested candidates should send their resume, work samples and a letter stating their qualifications to: cehjf@usc.edu. Please put in the subject line: online editor application. Or, you can mail your application to:

Michelle Levander, Director, at: The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, One California Plaza, 300 S. Grand, Suite 3950, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

No phone calls please.

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