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USC Annenberg Offering $2,000-$12,000 Grants and All-Expenses-Paid Training to Education Writers

Are you a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to make a difference?  If so, USC Annenberg invites you to apply to apply for our all-expenses-paid National Fellowship – five days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles about how education, income, environment and community conditions shape a child’s prospects for learning and lifelong health and well-being. We’ll also give you a reporting grant of $2,000-$10,000 and six months of expert mentoring, plus, for five Fellows, $2,000 community engagement grants.

The 2018 training institute will focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions that help determine their prospects for well-being, with a particular focus on the harmful effects during childhood of poverty and toc stress and how well schools and systems like child protective services and juvenile justice help children overcome these challenges. The Fellowship will meet from July 22-26, 2018 on the University of Southern California campus. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2018

We’re especially interested in reporters who write about education and understand that what happens in the classroom it closely linked to what happens at home and in the community.

Two previous Fellows won EWA National Awards for the projects they produced during their Fellowships. Michael LaForgia, an investigative reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Failure Factories” on the resegregation of Tampa area schools as his 2015 National Fellowship project. “It’s one of the best one of these programs I’ve ever attended,” LaForgia said.   Jackie Valley, a former reporter for the Las Vegas Sun who reported on the lack of mental health care for children, said: “The Fellowship inspires reporters, reminding us why we entered the profession in the first place. It taught me to think differently — both in terms of the issues we’re exploring and the way we deliver our stories. You’ll walk away with valuable information, new friends and excitement to dig into your project.”

The  National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online journalists from around the country. About one-third of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious reporting projects on vulnerable children or underserved communities, community health or the dismantling of healthcare reform. The others will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds – the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund or 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 health, such as poverty, educational opportunities, pollution, violence, land use, 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, and how well the systems, institutions and community-based interventions designed to address these issues are doing. In addition, all Fellows can apply for one of five supplemental $2,000 community engagement grants to maximize the impact of their reporting. 

The National Fellowship welcomes 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.

The National Fellowship receives financial support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment.

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 16). 

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