The Robert N. Butler and Jack Rosenthal Age Boom Academy
Columbia University's signature training for journalists covering health and longevity
The Columbia Aging Center’s signature press training was founded by globally-recognized geriatric pioneer Robert N. Butler, MD, and prize-winning New York Times editor and writer Jack Rosenthal as an intensive, high-impact training seminar for journalists, editors, and producers in all media – print, on air and online – to deepen understanding of the health, economic, and social issues around aging.
Run in partnership with the Columbia School of Journalism, the 2021 Age Boom Academy was on the topic of Combatting Loneliness in Aging: Toward a 21st Century Blueprint for Societal Connectedness.
Future Academies will deal with the coming caregiving crisis in America among other topics.
The goal of our Age Boom Academy is to engage and train journalists in current science and policies related to longevity. This was the sole training for a competitively-selected group of journalists to focus on the research and empirical data on the health consequences of loneliness in America, its causes, and on how policies and practices could build human connectivity, cohesion and foster purpose for older adults.
Our 2021 speakers feature dLinda P. Fried, MD, MPH; Caitlin Hawke; Louise Hawkley, PhD; Sara Czaja, PhD; Tom Kamber, PhD; Becca Levy, PhD; Roger O'Sullivan, and many others. Senior journalist-mentors included: Bruce Shapiro, Rodney Brooks, Rich Eisenberg, Chris Farrell, Kerry Hannon, and Carol Hymowitz.