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Apply Now for Our Annual National Fellowship!


Apply Now for Our Annual National Fellowship!

When: July 16-20, 2017

Where: Los Angeles

Deadline to Apply:  March 24, 2017


 At USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism, we're looking for working journalists who think big and want to make a difference.  

We're offering $2,000-$10,000 reporting grants to the competitively selected participants in our 2017 National Fellowship, which is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists from around the country.  The all-expenses-paid Fellowship includes 5 days of workshops, seminars and field trips that will enrich your understanding of the challenges facing vulnerable children and their families, including how community conditions help determine their prospects for health and well-being.
About a third of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious health reporting projects on underserved communities, vulnerable children or the pending changes in health and social welfare policies that will disproportionately affect the underserved. The others will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds -- the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund or the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being. And supplemental grants of $2,000 will be made to up to five Fellows who propose innovative community engagement strategies.  All Fellows will also receive six months of expert mentoring to help them with reporting and engagement challenges.
The Hunt Fund will support investigative or explanatory projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community's health, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, access to health care and access to healthy food, or the likely impacts of coming changes in safety net policies. Past grantees have explored themes including environmental health; the disproportionate toll of chronic disease on certain communities; barriers to care; health reform innovations and challenges; health disparities; and land use and development policies that interfere with prospects for good health. The Child Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the lifelong impact of poverty, trauma or stress on children. We're interested in projects that look at child welfare or child health and well-being, including, but not limited to, the impact of toxic stress; the intersection between partner violence and child abuse; the role of policy in improving prospects for children, including those in public schools, juvenile detention or foster care; and innovative approaches to the challenges faced by children in underserved communities.


Competition for the National Fellowship and the specialty reporting grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers. The grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel,  database acquisition and analysis, translation services, community engagement strategies and a journalist's otherwise uncompensated time. Preference is given to applicants who propose co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic media.
"It's one of the best one of these programs I've ever attended," said 2015 National Fellow Michael LaForgia, an investigative reporter for the Tampa Bay Times whose Fellowship project, "Failure Factories,"  won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize and many other national awards. "The Fellowship showed me how to pursue social issues as public health stories and also taught me about the types of people to seek out as expert sources."

For more information, visit or e-mail Martha Shirk at To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance (and no later than March 17).








The engagement editor's mission: to advance the work of our California media partners, furthering public knowledge, storytelling, engagement and connection around community health and health policy issues in diverse communities. The ideal candidate will have both journalism and community engagement experience. Go to this link to apply.

We're looking for journalists who think big and want to gain new insights into the effects on vulnerable children  and their families of poverty, trauma and toxic stress. The all-expenses-paid 2017 National Fellowship, which provides five days of intensive workshops, field trips and discussions, along with $2,000-$12,000 grants for reporting and community engagement and six months of mentoring. Click here for details. Deadline: March 24.


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