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California Health Journalism Fellowships

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Program Description: 

California fellows attend seminars in two intensive three-day sessions, held three months apart. Fellows have a chance to work on fellowship projects with mentors and to discuss with experts and each other how to cover health news with authority and sophistication.

Who Can Apply: 

Journalists from all media in California are encouraged to apply.



  • Narrative and Heart:The Craft behind Stories that Resonate with Audiences, a keynote  address by Victor Merina, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
  • Going Beyond the Fluff:How to Investigate Your Local Hospital, an interactive workshop presented by Charles Ornstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times.
  • Understanding Medical Studies and Statistics:A Briefing for Journalists,  presented by Erika Franklin Fowler, Ph.D, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at the University of Michigan
  • Context and Balance:Telling the Whole Story in Health News, an interactive workshop presented by  Robert J. Davis, Ph.D, MPH, author of The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health,
  • How to Spot Conflicts of Interest in Health Care
  • A Look Behind the Scenes in One of the Nation's Busiest ERs, a discussion and tour  led by Edward J. Newton, M.D., head of the ER at  LA County-USC Medical Center
  • An interactive workshop on "geo mapping," a multimedia technique that journalists can use to impart valuable demographic, health, and community asset data to their audiences,
  • Health Care Reform:Where are we Headed?a talk by Peter Harbage, health policy consultant



Do you have a great idea for a potentially impactful reporting project on a health challenge in California?  Our 2020 Impact Fund can provide financial support and six months of mentoring.


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