Posted On: February 18, 2016
Media Organization: Columbia Journalism School & Columbia Aging Center
The Age Boom Academy was conceived by Robert N. Butler and Jack Rosenthal and launched in 2000 as an intensive seminar for journalists, editors, and producers in all media — print, on air and online. A joint program of the Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School, the Age Boom Academy is a forum in which to educate journalists about the complex health, social, and economic issues facing our aging population. Nearly 200 journalists have participated in one or more of the annual Age Boom Academies since its inception.
Bringing together the resources of a top-tier research university, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center uniquely incorporates a range of disciplines from the medical sciences to urban planning to architecture, including the humanities and the social sciences in between, to study and better understand the aging process and its societal implications.
With a focus on the continuous interaction between biological, behavioral, and sociocultural factors, the Center and its faculty encourage innovative disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, support rigorous academic training and forge corporate partnerships while providing policy advice and engaging in community outreach.
Journalists from around the United States are invited to apply for fellowships at the Age Boom Academy, an advanced training institute on the economics and science of aging, jointly sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center. The 2016 Academy will present leading experts on aging, work and retirement and will include senior journalist facilitators.
The Academy will be conducted from Thursday evening, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at Columbia Journalism School in New York City.
Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65, with ramifications for every institution. The 2016 Age Boom Academy will explore the science of work and retirement. Who can afford to retire? Is it reasonable in this time of rising longevity to increase the retirement age? How would later retirement affect different people—groups with lower life expectancy or those who do physical labor? How do employers handle their aging workforces? How do older adults wish to spend their post- retirement years?
Reporters, editors and producers in all media (print, broadcast and online) will explore these questions together with diverse scientists, economists and other leading experts. This program is designed both for local/regional reporters and national correspondents covering aspects of aging, work, and retirement. Freelancers as well as staff reporters are encouraged to apply. Approximately 20 fellows will be selected.
The fellowship covers travel, lodging and attendance fees. The deadline to apply for fellowships is Friday, March 4, 2016.
To apply, and for more information, go to ageboom.columbia.edu.
Begun in 2000 by Dr. Robert N. Butler and Jack Rosenthal, the Age Boom Academy educates journalists about the complex economic, health and social implications of an aging society. Nearly 200 journalists have participated in Age Boom Academy since its inception. The 2016 Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Fill out online application here: http://ageboom.columbia.edu/application/