Mini-fellowships/Reporting Grants from Annenberg

Two, week-long fellowships from Annenberg plus grant money for reported projects. Details below. -mia


When: July 11-16, 2010 Where: Los Angeles Deadlines to Apply: May 5, 2010 and May 12, 2010

Step away from your daily routine to spend a week in Los Angeles exploring the intersection between community health, health policy and the nation’s growing ethnic diversity, as well as 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 – and funds to pursue a substantive health-related reporting project.

Based at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, The National Health Journalism Fellowships (deadline: May 12) and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism (deadine: May 5) are open to print, broadcast, and online journalists from around the country. National Fellows receive meals, travel, and lodging plus a $2,000 stipend upon publication or broadcast of a major fellowship project. Dennis Hunt Fund grantees attend the National Fellowship seminars and receive reporting grants of $2,500 to $10,000 instead of the $2,000 stipend. Click here to help you decide which option is right for you.

The Hunt Fund, which offers grants of $2,500 to $10,000, will support 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 fund honors the legacy of Dennis A. Hunt, a visionary communications leader at The California Endowment. The fund is administered by the USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship program, which was co-founded by Hunt.

Competition for the National Fellowship and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund Grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers. The stipends and grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, Web development, database acquisition, translation services, and a journalist’s otherwise uncompensated time.

Applicants must join, a Web 2.0 community for health journalism and the official Web site for the Fellowships. 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.

For more information, visit or e-mail Martha Shirk at (Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed projects in advance.)

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