California Health Data Fellowship - USC Annenberg

FellowUnspecified17/09/2015USC AnnenbergLos Angeles, California, United StatesData SkillsSpreadsheetsUSC Annenberg is looking for journalists who think big and want to produce stories that create impact. This Fellowship is open to all California-based journalists, as well as journalists based elsewhere who contribute regularly to a California-based media outlet. We prefer that applicants have a minimum of three years of professional experience and are able to demonstrate basic spreadsheet skills. Applicants must answer a short survey about their experience with Excel and their use of public data sources. Proposals for collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets will receive preferential treatment, as will proposals that include co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Freelancers who apply should earn the majority of their income from journalism. Applicants must be based in the United States. Students and interns are ineligible.Our new California Health Data Fellowship introduces 10 competitively-selected California journalists to a wealth of data sources that can inform and elevate their health reporting. The all-expenses-paid program, funded with generous grants from the California Health Care Foundation and The California Endowment, includes a $1,000 reporting stipend. The Fellowship is designed for reporters who want to learn how to harness and analyze data that can shape health care decision-making, policy and legislation across California and beyond. It will help journalists who are skilled storytellers to advance to a new level by mining healthcare data to reveal key insights essential to high impact journalism. For three and a half days, Fellows will be immersed in learning how to integrate the growing wealth of California health data – data about procedures, providers, costs, conditions and demographics -- into reporting and writing about health issues in their communities. We'll also bring in each Fellow's editor to participate in a half-day project brainstorming session with other Fellows and editors. Our highly skilled Senior Fellows will provided guidance over the next six months as each Fellow works on a substantive data-based health journalism project.Apply