Upcoming fellowship dates
Fellowship week: October 16-19, 2023
July 17, 2023
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 most skilled data reporters and journalism practitioners in the nation. They teach journalists how to “bulletproof” their data, ensuring accuracy in reporting. 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.
Admitted Fellows receive:
- A $2,000 stipend to defray reporting costs
- One week of extensive, hands-on training in beginner, intermediate or advanced Excel or R-Studio
- Five months of professional mentorship, including skills-building workshops
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.
Reporting themes we support
We embrace a broad view of health, which doesn’t just happen at doctors' oﬃces and hospitals. Health is shaped by our environment — our schools, our neighborhoods and our communities. We strive to admit Fellows whose work reflects that.
With the Data Fellowship, we support different reporting themes for National applicants (outside of California) and California applicants.
National proposals should focus on child health and well-being, including the following themes:
- The impact of chronic stress, poverty and childhood trauma on child development
- The intersection of race/ethnicity and/or class in child and family outcomes
- Child illness, injury and mortality trends
- The impact of systems for children, including foster care and child protective services
- Juvenile justice issues
- The intersection between partner violence and child abuse
- Approaches to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families
California proposals should focus on how community conditions influence health and well-being, including the following themes:
- Racial, ethnic, economic and geographic health disparities
- Health-related environmental justice issues
- The impact of community violence on health and well-being
- The performance of California’s safety net
- Health and mental health challenges for immigrants
- The school environment and the emotional health of children
- Public policies — or failings of public policies — to address the high cost of housing, transportation challenges, air pollution and neighborhood safety
- Innovative solutions to the state's public health and health care challenges
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