From more than 75 applications, five journalists were chosen for the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s Dennis A. Hunt Health Journalism grants. Three of them were AHCJ members. The one-year grants, which range from $2,500 to $10,000, are intended for “investigative or explanatory journalism projects on community health issues.”
- The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Victoria Colliver plans to use her $2,500 grant to “the extreme life expectancy differences – as much as 15 years – across the Bay Area, with particular focus on Oakland.”
- Sing Tao Daily reporter Rong Xiaoqing plans to use her $5,000 grant to “examine three community health issues that affect Chinese Americans: domestic violence against seniors, rising rates of HIV/AIDS, and the high suicide rate among women.”
- Freelance journalist and radio consultant Sara Shakir will use her $4,000 grant to “explore the interrelationship between obesity and diabetes and environmental factors in several cities, as well innovative solutions to the obesity epidemic in low-income communities.”
In addition to the three AHCJ members, California freelancer Janet Wilson was award $10,000 to report on industrial contamination in a California city and St. Louis Beacon reporter Robert Joiner was awarded $7,000 to explore the underlying causes of health problems among minorities in the St. Louis area.