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Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

Fellowships to USA Journalists to Produce Stories
on National and Local Health Care Systems

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

Deadline Date:

10/26/18 Noon CT


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Fellowships of up to $6,500 to USA journalists to produce stories on healthcare performance. Funding is intended for each fellow to produce a series of stories highlighting a specific topic in the healthcare system, along with its problems and potential improvements, through academic research, interviews, background briefings and site visits.

Fellows may focus on specific aspects of the system such as nursing care or pharmacy or payment structures or medical errors, or on the system as a whole. The package can be for a single media platform or multiple platforms.

Possible topic areas are:
- Efforts to improve patient safety or quality of care or to extend the health care system into underserved communities
- The impact of Accountable Care Organizations on patient care and satisfaction
- How payment structures — shared risk, fee for service, employed clinicians vs. independent contractors — affect health care delivery
- The effectiveness of new approaches to old diseases or evidence-based medicine
- Health system redesign, new technology or other innovations to reduce costs and improve the quality of care

The fellowship provides:
- Seminar trips, including food, lodging, and travel within the United States;
- A project allowance of up to $4,000 that can be tapped for field reporting trips, data purchases, and other approved research expenses;
- Attendance at the AHCJ annual conference, including travel, lodging, and registration;
- Attendance at your choice of a one-day AHCJ regional workshop, including travel, lodging, and registration;
- One year's professional membership in AHCJ;
- A $2,500 fellowship award for the successful completion of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174537

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,000 project allowance and a $2,500 award upon completion of the project.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship is designed to enable fellows to work independently over a one-year period while still maintaining their regular employment. The final project must be published or aired by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should be experienced U.S.- based, working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership and have expertise in health reporting.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is noon CT on October 26, 2018.

Application checklist
- Cover letter introducing yourself, offering a snapshot of your proposed project and explaining why you are seeking fellowship support.
- A current resume or CV.
- A letter of recommendation from your current employer that addresses the benefits of the fellowship to you and the news organization’s audience as well as the employer’s commitment to support the project. Freelance applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from a client or assigning editor willing to provide an outlet for the final project.
- A work sample from one story published or aired during the past 12 months.
- A two- to three-page project proposal outlining your topic, why you think it’s a good story for your audience, reporting locations, potential sources, and how you would like to shape the final presentation.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Susan Cunningham

Association of Health Care Journalists
Missouri School of Journalism
10 Neff Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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