Age Boom Academy

Age Boom Academy

The Age Boom Academy was established in 2000 and serves as a forum in which to educate journalists about the multifaceted social, economic, and health issues associated with population aging. Founded by Jack Rosenthal, then-president of The New York Times Company Foundation, and the late Dr. Robert N. Butler, the Academy fosters sophisticated reporting regarding issues impacting older adults and a society of longer lives.

There are nearly 200 alumni of the program whose output has created a large body of aging-related reporting.  Past Academies have focused on themes such as the role of voters over 65 in the changing political landscape, the politics of aging, and myths about global aging – the 2015 theme.  The Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School co-present the Academy, attracting journalists from across the United States and Canada.

The Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  

Visit the Age Boom Academy site for more information on the program.

Age Boom Academy 2017: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement
The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism, will host the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement. The Academy will be held in the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City, June 8 to 10, 2017.  For a list of speakers, moderators and fellows, please see this news item.

A selective process identifies Fellows who come together with researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on the complex issues of inequities in health and work in older age.  During the Academy, journalist Fellows will learn by interviewing assembled scientists and experts, participate in story clinics led by researchers and senior journalists, have their stories critiqued by researchers, and meet potential sources. Simultaneously, researchers will learn how to communicate more effectively with journalists.

By the end of the Academy, Fellows will have the latest research concerning aging, health, and working longer. Some of the questions that will be answered are: Is there a relationship between health and how long you work? How does this relationship change for people with different backgrounds or different jobs?  How does retirement affect cognitive and physical health?  Does this relationship change based on education, socioeconomic status, and civic engagement? What is the relationship between the kind of work you do, health, and how long you work?

Age Boom Academy 2016: The Future of Work and Retirement
The 2016 Age Boom Academy, “The Future of Work and Retirement,” took place June 9-11, 2016. (Participants above.)


Age Boom Academy 2015: Global Aging: Danger Ahead?
The 2015 Age Boom Academy, “Global Aging: Danger Ahead?” took place June 11-13, 2015. (Participants above.)