Fellowships available for the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference, April 19-22, Atlanta, GA

Hey folks. The Association of Health Care Journalists has fellowships available for their upcoming conference. See below for details and a note about their ** Freelance PitchFest.**


The Association of Health Care Journalists is offering a number of fellowships to enable journalists to attend our annual conference, which will be in Atlanta in April.


We have fellowships available for journalists in Missouri, California, New York and Oregon, as well as fellowships for those covering health in rural areas and for journalists who cover beats other than health. We hope to announce one more fellowship in the coming days. More information and a fellowship application is available at http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=1009.


At the conference, award-winning reporters, medical experts and policy specialists will take part in sessions on medical research, public health, the business of health care and consumer health. The preliminary schedule is at http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=1010.


One highlight of our conference, especially for freelancers, is the Freelance PitchFest:

This gives freelancers an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites. In the coming weeks, we'll post information about the editors taking part. In March, you'll have the chance to sign up for quick appointments with the editors you're interested in working with. On Friday, April 20, writers will have a limited amount of time with each editor, so come prepared to sell your work. That means you need to arrive with specific pitches for the editors, as well as clips, resume, etc. This has been called AHCJ's version of “speed dating for writers” and we keep things moving to make many matches with editors and writers possible.


We are still getting commitments from editors to participate but for an idea of the caliber of publications that take part, see last year’s lineup: http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=931


I’m happy to answer any questions.


Thank you,


Pia Christensen

Managing Editor/Online Services

Association of Health Care Journalists





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