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2017 National Fellowship at USC Annenberg, $2-$12k Grants

Post Date:Feb 05, 2017Type:Part time
Start Date:July 16; Deadline: March 24Salary:$2-$12,000 grants
Location: United States - California - Los Angeles Job Reference:2017 National Fellowship
Job Description:

Up to $12,000 in Grants for Reporting and Community Engagement, All-Expenses-Training at USC in LA

When: July 16-20, 2017

Where: Los Angeles

Deadline to Apply: March 24, 2017

Are you a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter?  If so, USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism  invites you to apply to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Fellowship -- five days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles, a proving ground for new ways to think about health, plus grants of $2,000-$12,000.

This year, the program will focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions and public policies that help determine their prospects for health and well-being. With healthcare reform likely to be dismantled and other important supports for the disadvantaged increasingly threatened, it's more important than ever for the media to play its watchdog role and chronicle the effects of policy changes on lives.

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists from around the country. About a third of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious reporting projects on underserved communities, the dismantling of healthcare reform or vulnerable children. The others 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 Well-being.

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, urban development, access to health care and access to healthy food. The Child Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty, trauma or adversity in childhood. In addition, five of the 20 Fellows will  receive supplemental grants of $2,000 for community engagement.

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 reportingand 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.

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 (no later than March 17).




The National Fellowship is open to professional journalists from print, broadcast and online media outlets throughout the United States, including freelancers. Applicants do not need to be full-time health reporters, but should have a demonstrated interest in health, social welfare or child and family issues, broadly defined to include the health of communities (see more below).

We prefer that applicants have a minimum of three years of professional experience; many have decades. Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals for collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets receive preference, as do projects produced for co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Freelancers are welcome, but need to have a confirmed assignment and should earn the majority of their income from journalism. Applicants must be based in the United States. Students and interns are ineligible.

Each applicant must propose a substantive report project that can be completed in the six months following the Fellowship session. Click here for a list of the 2016 National Fellows and links to their reporting projects.

Click on the link to our online application to apply. Note: If you encounter technical problems when you're trying to apply, please email Jesse Wang at

The application asks for the following:

A personal statement
A Fellowship project proposal
Three samples of professional work
A current resumé
A letter of reference
An Editor's Checklist signed by a supervising editor and confirming the media outlet's intent to publish or broadcast the Fellowship project
Note: Applicants must join ReportingonHealth and post a profile and photo.

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Contact Information
Center for Health Journalism
Martha Shirk
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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