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2022 Data Fellowship

Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 9, 2022 to Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Program Description: 

image of data connections with text that reads: What story will the data help you reveal? Our Data Fellowship arms reporters with essential skills to “interview” data sources and unlock hidden health and health equity stories. Apply today for the 2022 Data Fellowship!

Our Data Fellowship offers journalists an opportunity to transform their reporting by training them to “interview the data” as if it were a human source. Equipped with the tools to find original sources of information and perform data analysis, Fellows graduate from this hands-on training program prepared to produce a major investigative or explanatory health reporting project in the months that follow. 

This program offers training on data acquisition, cleaning, analysis and visualization led by some of the nation’s most skilled data reporters and journalism practitioners. They teach journalists how to “bulletproof” their data, ensuring accuracy in reporting. Whether you are new to data reporting or you want to master more advanced techniques such as the "R" programming environment, our personalized program — with its three skills tracks — will equip you with tools and techniques to produce major investigative and explanatory health reporting projects. 

Following the training week, Senior Fellows mentor reporters as they pair original data analysis with compelling narratives culminating in a groundbreaking Fellowship project focusing on an underlooked health issue in their community. Learn more about the application process and types of projects we support.

Admitted Fellows receive: 

  • A $2,000 stipend to defray reporting costs

  • A four-day in-person, hands-on training in beginner, intermediate or advanced Excel or R-Studio

  • Five months of professional mentorship, including skills-building workshops and ongoing learning

Fellows also are eligible to apply for five months of professional mentorship in engaged journalism and $1,000-$2,000 to support those creative efforts.

Interested in applying? For the Data Fellowship, we require candidates to schedule a meeting with our Data Senior Fellows ahead of applying to discuss their project proposal. Fill out the interest form below and somebody from our Center will contact you. 

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This Fellowship is funded by generous grants from the the California Health Care Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The California Endowment.


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. 


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