Journalism Fellowships Will Highlight New Developments in Aging

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The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, run jointly by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) since its launch in 2010, has received renewed grant support to welcome its seventh cohort of fellows. To date, the 2016 funders of the program include The Silver Century Foundation, AARP, The Retirement Research Foundation, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

The centerpiece of the program will be the fellows’ participation in GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting, which in 2016 will take place from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana — with the theme of “New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities.” The fellowship requires participating reporters to deliver a story from the conference and a major piece or series in the following months.

All applications for the fellowship program will be reviewed by a selection committee of journalists and experts in aging. The criteria will include clarity and originality of proposed in-depth story projects; quality of samples of published or produced work; and high-impact potential of proposals geographically and across different ethnic or racial populations. The 2016 application deadline is Friday, July 29.

Previous fellows also will be eligible for support to attend the New Orleans meeting to cover the newest developments in the field of aging. A continuously updated list of stories from the fellows is available at www.geron.org/journalistfellows

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