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USC Annenberg Offering $2,000-$10,000 Reporting Grants and All-Expenses-Paid Training to Education Writers

What does health have to do with education?  Everything!

This year, the National Health Journalism Fellowship at USC Annenberg is making a special effort to recruit education writers for the program, which provides 4 ½ days of stimulating discussions, workshops and field trips in Los Angeles that focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions that contribute to their well-being and success in school.  In addition to the all-expenses-paid training, each Fellow will receive a grant of $2,000-$10,000 to underwrite substantive investigative or explanatory reporting on health issues in underserved communities or vulnerable children. In this era of declining newsroom resources, a little extra money can go a long way towards helping turn a compelling idea for a story into a marquee project that makes a difference.

The Fellowship will be held from July 12-16 on the USC campus in Los Angeles. The deadline for applications is April 1.

Based at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Health Journalism Fellowship open to print, broadcast and online journalists from around the country. The programming this year will focus on the latest research on how a child’s lifetime development is affected by early experiences of trauma, including abuse, neglect, parental stress and community violence. Other workshops and discussions – with distinguished journalists, researchers, clinicians and community case workers — will delve into the impact of poverty on children, including food insecurity, substandard housing and parents’ economic insecurity.

About half of the National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000. The other half will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds.

The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism will support investigative or explanatory reporting projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community’s health, such as poverty, pollution, violence, development policies, barriers to health care or healthy food and school policy and practices. The new Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will underwrite investigative or explanatory reporting on children. We’re interested in proposals for projects that examine the performance of the institutions and government and private programs that serve disadvantaged families (including schools). We’re also interested in proposals for projects that will focus on child welfare, child health or child well-being, including, but not limited to, the impact of toxic stress or child abuse; the role of policy in improving prospects for children, including those in juvenile detention and public schools; and innovative approaches to the challenges facing children in underserved communities.

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 reporting and 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 ReportingonHealth.org or e-mail Martha Shirk at Cahealth@usc.edu. To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance (no later than March 20).


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