Community Health Reporting Fellowship

Sponsored by the Hearst Foundations


We are no longer accepting applications for this fellowship.

Overcoming barriers to care in underserved communities is one of the major challenges facing the United States health care system today. Journalists can play an essential role in leveling the playing field by covering the critical health issues that most affect these communities.

The Community Health Reporting Fellowship gives U.S. journalists and bloggers who cover minority, low-income and rural communities the skills to better produce useful multimedia health news and information on such topics as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, HIV/AIDs and cancer – diseases that disproportionately affect these populations.

In 2014, the International Center for Journalists selected 10 journalists to spend a week in Washington, D.C.. The Fellows honed their skills and learned about new tools to help them improve their coverage of health issues and engagement with their audiences.

While in Washington, they met with major players in the health industry, giving them face-to-face contact and access to sources. And they met with experts at health-care associations and major health-research institutes and agencies.

The Fellows used the new tools and resources to produce in-depth projects. They received small grants to help cover the project costs.

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