Three weeks to apply for data training, $2,000 reporting grant

The deadline is just three weeks away to apply for the all-expenses-paid 2018 California Data Fellowship, four days of intensive data journalism training plus a $2,000 reporting stipend and six months of expert mentoring.

The Center for Health Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism is known nationally as the pre-eminent training program for journalists on community health issues. With the explosion of health data sources now available to any journalist with a computer and a high-speed internet connection, the center offers its third interactive data-focused Fellowship, underwritten by grants from the California Health Care Foundation and The California Endowment.

Ten competitively selected California journalists will travel to Los Angeles at the center’s expense from Oct. 17-20. They will receive four days of intensive training in data acquisition, cleansing, analysis and visualization techniques; and then return home to work on an ambitious health reporting project with the center’s financial support, as well as six months of mentoring. The sessions will be led by two of the nation’s most respected data journalists — Paul Overberg, a data reporter for the Wall St. Journal, and Stanford Professor Cheryl Phillips, former data innovation editor at the Seattle Times — with assistance from other top data journalists from around the country. The center also will bring your editor to L.A. for a half-day Editor-Fellow Workshop.

Each applicant must propose an ambitious data-informed reporting project. Preference for the $2,000 grants will be given for data reporting on topics such as mental health and substance abuse; healthcare costs and healthcare financing; the performance of California’s safety net; the patient experience; the healthcare workforce; health care coordination; the use of opioid drugs; end of life and palliative care; telemedicine and the use of technology in health care delivery; data transparency and the health care industry; maternity care; and cancer care. We also expect to award a few supplemental grants of up to $2,000 for community engagement.

Note: The deadline for applying is Aug. 27. The center requires applicants to have a conversation in advance of applying with one of its Senior Fellows. Email Martha Shirk at CAHealth@usc.edu to arrange.