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We are proud to have six California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows among the winners this year of the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. And we are grateful to the AHCJ for offering these valuable prizes. The Health Journalism Fellows' commitment to quality health journalism is apparent both in their selection of topics and their execution of complex pieces. One Fellow, Caitlan Carroll, was honored for Fellowship Project. Others were honored for other work outside of our program.

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Can zinc really help sufferers of the common cold? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Last week in Career GPS, the ReportingonHealth community shared its best health media in 2010. This week, we're highlighting awards to celebrate that work.

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The ReportingonHealth community been busy this year. For your holiday reading, here's a sampling of work that members have been most proud of in 2010.

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This week, Schorr talks with Career GPS about his sustainable model for getting in-depth health information to the people who need it and explains why you don't have to work for traditional media outlets to do good work.

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Andy Miller used his own money to launch the nonprofit website Georgia Health News last month. He's now in the midst of seeking foundation grants and donations. This week at Career GPS, Miller straightforwardly answers some questions about developing his new media venture.

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In November, we highlighted two freelance careers in health journalism. This week we have a first-person account of Karen Weintraub's freelance career.

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When Linda Marsa received a copy of the December issue of Discover magazine in the mail, she was thrilled. Her story about climate change and its effect on long forgotten diseases in America made the cover. Never mind that she has been a journalist for 30 years, Marsa finds health journalism as riveting now as when she first began. And she is still learning ways to be a better freelancer.

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Depending on whom you ask, AOL's Patch is either an innovative and well-intentioned new venture to infuse local news back into American communities, or it's "the Walmart of news," a $50 million behemoth set on invading communities and running local sites from corporate headquarters. But they are hiring, and hiring en masse.

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It's the kind of thing that makes traditionalists in journalism cringe, and convinces them that technology will ruin the integrity of news. SEO is the tech acronym for "search engine optimization," ways to design websites and content that will rank highly in search results. What many journalists might not realize is that the techniques of SEO are actually not that far off from the fundamentals of hard news.

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The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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