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Career Development: Fellowships, Internships, Training & Grants

AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

Logo: AHCJ Media Fellowshiops on Health Performance

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance is a yearlong program allowing journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local or national in scope, or a little of both — say an aspect of the Affordable Care Act playing out in your community or subject specialty, or the impact of particular evidence-based treatments on health outcomes, or an analysis of a health care organization’s performance, using public data sets. Fellows pursue the projects with the support of their newsrooms or freelance outlets, which commit to publish or air the work.

Guidance is provided by AHCJ fellowship leaders through customized seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a $4,000 project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project.

The fellowship program is supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

The application deadline was Oct. 1. See who the 2015 fellows are.

“The experience has pushed me way out of my comfort level in a great way. I never had the opportunity to travel so much and talk to so many different people when putting together a project.”

— John George, Philadelphia Business Journal

See details about applying for the fellowship, plus application form...
Watch a webcast about benefits of fellowships and application tips. 

Questions? Contact Ev Ruch-Graham, ev@healthjournalism.org or 573-884-8103.



2015 fellows

Read the press release. (Click names to see their projects.)

• Rick Jergens, reporter, Valley News

  • Jergens will focus on the different approaches to health care coverage underway in New Hampshire and neighboring Vermont.

• Sarah Kliff, senior editor, Vox

  • Kliff will focus on fatal medical errors and what differentiates hospitals with high and low rates.

• Beth Kutscher, finance reporter, Modern Healthcare

  • Kutscher will compare the financial performance of hospitals and hospital systems in Medicaid expansion states and nonexpansion states.

• Jayne O'Donnell, health care policy reporter, USA Today

  • O'Donnell will compare health care being provided in neighboring states with and without Medicaid expansion.

• David Wahlberg, health reporter, Wisconsin State Journal

  • Wahlberg will focus on how well the organ transplant system is working in Wisconsin.


2014 fellows

Read the press release. (Click names to see their projects.)

• Karen Brown, reporter and producer, New England Public Radio

• David Pittman, reporter, POLITICO

  • Pittman will compare state Medicaid models and the impact of innovations aimed at improving health care quality while lowering costs.

  • State Medicaid ACOs Up but Struggles Mount

  • Arkansas’ struggle with telemedicine mirrors the nation’s | PDF of project

  • Medicaid agencies turn to 'big data' to tackle costs | PDF

• Sarah Gantz, staff writer, Baltimore Business Journal

• Michaela Gibson Morris, health care reporter, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

  • Morris will focus on the status of the primary care infrastructure in rural Mississippi and what it will take to bolster and maintain it in the future.

• Lola J. Butcher, independent journalist, Springfield, Mo.


2013 fellows

Read the press release. (Click names to see their projects.)

• Alan Bavley, medical reporter, The Kansas City Star

• Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, St. Louis

• Noam Levey, national health care reporter, Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau

• Rhiannon Meyers, reporter, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

• Lindy Washburn, senior writer, The Record/North Jersey Media Group


2012 fellows

Read the press release. (Click names to see their projects.)

• John George, health care reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal

• Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent, National Journal

  • Sanger-Katz produced a yearlong series of stories examining the growing pattern of hospital consolidation and its influence on health care costs and the future of health reform.

  • The New Goliaths: The 2010 health law was designed to lower costs. Instead, by encouraging hospitals to merge, it could boost the price of care.

  • Nothing to Smile About: The number of teeth in this country grows, even as the number of dentists shrinks. Guess who gets squeezed out.

  • In Praise of Price-Fixing: Americans face a constant (and often Sisyphean) struggle against health care inflation. Maryland found an answer.

  • The False Promise: Hospitals like Pittsburgh’s UPMC created enough jobs to end the recession. If they keep it up, they’ll wreck the economy.

• Tammy Worth, independent journalist, Kansas City, Mo.


2011 fellows

Read the press release. (Click names to see their projects.)

• Yanick Rice Lamb, editor and writer, Heart & Soul Magazine

• Marshall Allen, staff writer, Las Vegas Sun (now a reporter at ProPublica in New York)

• Rosemary Hoban, reporter, North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC (now editor of North Carolina Health News)

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