DEADLINE: USC Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship

Event Date: 
May 17, 2021

As public health officials have said over and over again: "The American public may be done with COVID-19, but COVID-19 isn't done with us."

And journalists aren't done with COVID-19, either. So the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism is inviting proposals for ambitious reporting projects on COVID-19 from applicants for our 2021 National Fellowship. More than one year into the pandemic, it's important to step back and take a deeper look at how it laid bare the effects of pervasive inequality in the United States.

Our annual National Fellowship, now in its 15th year, will focus on our traditional themes — health disparities and the health, welfare and well-being of vulnerable children, youth, families and communities — but as seen through a COVID-19 lens. As the growing vaccination rate begins to give us hope for an end to the pandemic, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the reasons for the virus' disparate health and economic impacts on Black, Latino and Native Americans — and how such blatant disparities can be prevented in the future.

Given the continued uncertainty about when travel can safely resume, we’ll be holding the Fellowship on Zoom. We’ll still be offering five days of informative and stimulating discussions, plus reporting and engagement grants of $2,000-$12,000 and five months of expert mentoring to 20 competitively selected journalists.

When: July 19-23,2021
Where: Online
Deadline to Apply: May 17, 2021

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists (newsroom staffers or freelancers) from around the country. The Fellowship is appropriate not only for health reporters, but for all reporters with an interest in social issues, whether they're education, government, environment, criminal justice, social services or immigration specialists or general assignment reporters.

About two-thirds of the 20 Fellows will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds — the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund and the Fund for Journalism on Child and Youth Well-being, plus mentoring, to support the reporting of ambitious investigative or explanatory projects over five months. The other National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000. In addition, five Fellows will receive supplemental grants of up to $2,000 for community engagement, as well as specialized mentoring.

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Los Angeles, CA
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(213) 437-4419