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Our Mission

Helping journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities

Our Initiatives

Professional Health Journalism Training & Partnerships with Newsrooms

We partner with reporters and their newsrooms to nurture ambitious journalism that impacts policy and spurs new community discussions. Our all-expenses-paid fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from their newsrooms to hone health reporting skills. In intimate workshops, field trips and seminars at our home base in Los Angeles, fellows learn from the country's most respected health and medical experts, from top journalists in the field and from each other. We delve into current debates and dilemmas in health and health care; offer tips and mentoring opportunities to extend the reach and impact of projects, and emphasize data skills that help reporters tell incisive and new stories. Throughout, we explore journalism on community health –how circumstances outside the doctor’s office such as violence, access to healthy food, poverty and pollution – contribute to well being.

For six months after our in-person training, senior journalists guide Fellows as they complete ambitious explanatory or investigative Fellowship projects. We have trained more than 800 journalists since 2005. Click here to read the hundreds of stories that our Fellows have produced, changing policy and winning journalism awards. Click here for specifics on all our Fellowships. For questions about upcoming programs, contact us at cahealth@usc.edu

Media Grant-Making

We award tens of thousands in grants annually to underwrite substantive explanatory and investigative journalism and community engagement by newsrooms. All of our Fellows receive reporting grants through out National, California or California Data Fellowships or one of our reporting funds. Each year, five to seven of our National Fellows receive grants from the The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, which honors the legacy of the late Dennis A. Hunt, a visionary leader at The California Endowment who co-founded our program. Another five to seven National Fellows receive grants from our Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, which supports journalism on child health, welfare or well-being. Five National Fellows also receive community engagement grants These grants, all competitively awarded, provide critical support and resources at a time of industry upheaval, enabling the reporting of important stories that might otherwise have gone untold and providing funds for engagement with communities to further the impact of the work and highlight community voices. 

Center for Health Journalism Digital

Center for Health Journalism Digital is an online community for people across a wide range of disciplines who are passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage of our communities. Center for Health Journalism Digital stimulates conversations about health journalism, health communication, blogging, and storytelling. It provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting insights, webinars and tip-filled blogs. Its content has been cited by the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, Fox News, KQED, the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of blogs and tens of thousands of entries on social media platforms.

To join the Center for Health Journalism Digital community, click here.

The Center for Health Journalism Digital Collaborative

Health Journalism Fellows and their media outlets team with us to tackle ambitious investigative projects on a common theme for maximum impact -- coupled with creative engagement strategies. The first Collaborative project involved seven media outlets in California (the Bakersfield Californian, the Merced Sun-Star, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, The Record in Stockton, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno, and the Voice of OC in Santa Ana). It examined the toll of valley fever, a devastating and overlooked disease plaguing California’s Central Valley. The second Collaborative project, Living in the Shadows, brought together six of our 2013 National Fellows to examine the nexus between immigration status and mental health.

Boyle Heights Beat/El Pulso de Boyle Heights

In partnership with Hoy (Los Angeles Times Media Group), we publish a quarterly bilingual print newspaper written by youth, as well as an online news site, BoyleHeightsBeat.com, written by youth as well as adult contributors from a Latino immigrant neighborhood of Los Angeles. The paper is distributed to 28,000 households, whose members often feel disconnected from or unfairly depicted by mainstream news coverage. It is reported "by and for the community." Boyle Heights Beat captures life as its residents experience it, giving voice to a marginalized community and building trust and connectedness.

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