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California Health Journalism Fellowships

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Program Description: 

California fellows attend seminars in two intensive three-day sessions, held three months apart. Fellows have a chance to work on fellowship projects with mentors and to discuss with experts and each other how to cover health news with authority and sophistication.

Who Can Apply: 

Journalists from all media in California are encouraged to apply.



  • Narrative and Heart:The Craft behind Stories that Resonate with Audiences, a keynote  address by Victor Merina, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
  • Going Beyond the Fluff:How to Investigate Your Local Hospital, an interactive workshop presented by Charles Ornstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times.
  • Understanding Medical Studies and Statistics:A Briefing for Journalists,  presented by Erika Franklin Fowler, Ph.D, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at the University of Michigan
  • Context and Balance:Telling the Whole Story in Health News, an interactive workshop presented by  Robert J. Davis, Ph.D, MPH, author of The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health,
  • How to Spot Conflicts of Interest in Health Care
  • A Look Behind the Scenes in One of the Nation's Busiest ERs, a discussion and tour  led by Edward J. Newton, M.D., head of the ER at  LA County-USC Medical Center
  • An interactive workshop on "geo mapping," a multimedia technique that journalists can use to impart valuable demographic, health, and community asset data to their audiences,
  • Health Care Reform:Where are we Headed?a talk by Peter Harbage, health policy consultant



Ace reporter Lisa Krieger of the San Jose Mercury will share how she stays on top of the story every day, and offer pro tips that will bolster your own coverage. Sign-up here!

In this webinar discussion, we’ll talk about what questions journalists should ask health systems to gauge their preparedness and understand their potential decisions on rationing care. Sign-up here!

Stuck reporting from home? This webinar will focus on helping reporters find health sources and affected people online, through social platforms and digital communities. Sign-up here!


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