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Journalists invited to apply for Midwest Health Journalism Program Fellowships Date: 06/08/10

Thanks to a grant from a group of Kansas and Missouri health foundations, the Association of Health Care Journalists (based at the Missouri School of Journalism) has worked with the Kansas Health Institute and the KU School of Journalism to create the Midwest Health Journalism Program. Through our Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, we select a handful of journalists annually from each of the two states for a training fellowship.  This will be our fourth class.Midwest Health Journalism Program

The aim of the program is to provide already-established journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues.

Specifically, we provide:

  • An intense one-week health reporting boot camp at the Missouri School of Journalism featuring some of the top health journalists in the country. Travel, lodging and food are covered.

  • Travel, lodging and registration at next year's Rural Health Journalism Workshop planned for Kansas City.

  • Travel, lodging and registration at Health Journalism 2011, AHCJ's annual conference featuring dozens of workshops, panel sessions, field trips and news briefings with key health experts and policy makers.

  • A professional membership in the Association of Health Care Journalists, with access to all print and Web-based member resources.

  • Access to an experienced personal mentor from AHCJ's 1,000-plus membership.

  • A fellows-only listserv and Web page.

  • Continuing resource support after the fellowship.

  • Potentially other customized training opportunities.

The program will cover training expenses, travel and lodging costs, registration and membership fees and most food costs. If one of your staff members is chosen, we only ask that you support his or her attending the weeklong boot camp in August, the weekend conference next April and the one-day workshop next May or June.

Our application deadline is July 19. Please check the details page and download an application.