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DEADLINE: California Health Journalism Fellowship
The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2021 California Fellowship provides five days of interactive workshops and inspiring discussions on California health challenges and solutions, as well as reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000 and five months of mentoring by veteran journalists to help you report an ambitious project on health, broadly defined. During five days of training via Zoom (April 12-16, 2021), health policy experts, community health practitioners and skilled journalists will help you better understand the COVID-19's uneven toll within California communities, as well how social, educational, economic and racial inequities influence health and life outcomes even in normal times. We'll also devote one day to the root causes of domestic violence, which touches a majority of California families, as well as promising prevention, intervention and treatment strategies. And we’ll explore the California health policy landscape at a time when President-elect Joe Biden promises a sharp departure from the prior administration.
Most Fellows will receive a $2,000 grant, with a $3,500 grant available for a Fellow reporting on health, welfare or well-being of children 5 and under in Los Angeles County, and larger grants of up to $10,000 for journalists proposing exceptionally ambitious reporting projects, with priority consideration for those that involve newsroom-wide, multi-newsroom or mainstream-ethnic media collaborations. Up to five California Fellows will be eligible for community engagement grants of $1,000- $2,000, plus specialized mentoring.
Open to professional journalists, including freelancers, from print, broadcast and online media outlets throughout California and for national correspondents with a California-focused project. Applicants can be health beat reporters or have a demonstrated reporting background in health, education, social welfare, environmental justice or child and family issues, broadly defined to include the health of communities.
We prefer that applicants have a minimum of three years of professional experience; many have decades. Deadline: March 1.
Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply.