Deadline: December 01, 2014

Links Apply Online

When: March 1-5, 2015

Where: Los Angeles

As its enters its second year, Obamacare promises to continue to be one of the biggest stories for California news media. The USC Annenberg School of Journalism's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships would like to help you figure out how to tell it.

We're inviting you to apply for (or nominate a colleague for) for our next all-expenses-paid Fellowship for California journalists, which will focus on health care reform and innovation and take an in-depth look at how community conditions influence prospects for health.

What You Gain

The five-day Fellowship will allow you to step away from your daily routine to spend five days in Los Angeles learning about how Obamacare is making a difference in Californians' lives -- or not. We'll also spend time exploring the role that factors such as race, ethnicity, pollution, violence and transportation, land use, and food policy play in prospects for good health. You'll come away from the experience with a multitude of story ideas and sources, plus a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of good health journalism.

Who Can Apply

The Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online journalists from California, or those based elsewhere who contribute to California media outlets. Both newsroom staffers and freelance contributors are encouraged to apply. And it's not just health reporters we're looking for. We welcome applications from any journalists with a serious interest in exploring community health. To encourage collaboration between mainstream and ethnic media, preference will be given to applicants who propose a joint project for use by both media outlets.

The Fellowship week is jam-packed with field trips, workshops and seminars that will help you understand the relationship between a community's health and the health of the individuals who live there. Recent Fellowships featured field trips to Los Angeles' Skid Row, where county public health officials are pioneering a health improvement strategy that makes providing homeless people with safe housing a priority, and to a community health clinic coping with the challenge of serving an ever-increasing number of patients, both insured and uninsured. And from experts in various fields and prizewinning journalists, Fellows learned new ways of thinking about health issues -- and effective ways of explaining them to their audiences. Each Fellowship also features a half-day project workshop for Fellows and their editors, whom we bring in at our expense.

What Past Fellows Say

Fellows from the 2014 California Fellowship described it as a "boot camp for health journalism" and "a career-changing event." Evan George, a reporter for KCRW public radio in Los Angeles, said, "This fellowship is a great way to ensure that an ambitious reporting project you want to do actually receives the support, focus, resources, and buy-in needed to make it happen. It allows you to take a step back to fully consider your work and be inspired. It provided me with sources, reporting tips I would not have thought of, and much-needed space to think about my work that we so rarely get time to do in a busy newsroom." Maria Ortiz-Briones, health reporter for Vide en al Valle in Fresno, said: "As a new health reporter, it made me more confident in covering this beat. It gave me the opportunity to develop new sources and to meet with them face to face and learn about many different topics that are currently taking center stage in the health beat. It is a fantastic opportunity. Any reporter who cover health should at one point or another go through this training."

Besides attending all Fellowship sessions, each Fellow is expected to complete a substantive reporting project on an important health issue within six months of attending the Fellowship. Seasoned journalists serve as Senior Fellows to provide mentoring by phone and email to help bring these projects to fruition. Many Fellowship projects have garnered awards and helped Fellows advance their careers. 

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