The American Society of Business Publication Editors is pleased to offer the 2022-23 ASBPE Diversity Fellowship to Andrew Meissen, a freelance B2B and healthcare journalist based in New York.
The fellowship, which debuted in 2021-22, is offered on an annual basis and provides 12 months of career development, personalized mentoring and networking opportunities embedded within ASBPE’s membership, affiliated B2B publications and association leadership. Underpinning the program is expenses-paid participation in ASBPE’s annual national conference and Azbee Awards banquet.
The program’s purpose is to aid in developing a more diverse corps of journalists and leaders within the community of B2B specialty publications and to enhance overall awareness of career opportunities in the sector.
Andrew Meissen has written for B2B titles including Photonics Focus and Drug Discovery News. He has eight years of combined writing and research experience for institutions such as New York University, Northwestern University and the Field Museum of Natural History. He typically writes about health, mostly focused on neuroscience and psychology, although he has covered other topics over the years.
Meissen is the recipient of awards such as the National Association of Science Writers’ Diane McGurgan Award, Peggy Girshman Idea Grant and Diversity Reporting Grant for his work covering the field of mental health.
A former neuroscience researcher, he taught himself journalism by writing for Fountain House Times, a local New York City newspaper which covers mental health. Diagnosed with a severe neurological disability at age 11, his doctors told him he might need assistance for the rest of his life. His condition remitted just enough to allow him to create a writing career. He graduated from Dominican University in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.
He has volunteered his time as a mentor for high school teachers and students and been a volunteer manager and research associate in numerous laboratory and health advocacy settings.
If you would like more information about the fellowship program or would like to serve as a mentor, host an event for our fellows or involve our program in your editorial recruitment or inclusion efforts, please send a note the Diversity Committee through our contact form.