Journalists: Apply Now for Age Boom 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017


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 8-10, 2017.

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?

The Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  There is no cost for selected Fellows to attend.

Click here for more information and to apply.  Applications are due March 3, 2017.

For more information please contact Caitie Adams at