Applications due Friday for National Cancer Reporting Fellowships

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Cancer-Reporting-fellowship-finalJournalists have a few more days to apply for AHCJ’s first National Cancer Reporting Fellowships. AHCJ will select about 12 journalists to spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories. AHCJ teamed up with the National Cancer Institute to create the fellowship. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Aug. 26.

Session topics include:

  • Moonshots, dream teams and wars on cancer: What’s ahead?
  • Deep dive: Immunotherapy
  • Cancer evidence by the numbers
  • Hands-on exercises: How to understand and relay cancer statistics
  • The world of guidelines and cancer screening
  • Social determinants: Addressing disparities in access to quality health care and clinical trials
  • How clinical trials work
  • Hands-on exercises: Using SEER and
  • Deep dive: Genomics
  • Storybuilding: Including patients in the equation
  • Deep dive: Diet and cancer risk
  • Clinical center tours

Candidates should be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership – please check here to see if you qualify. The ideal candidate will have several years of reporting experience, including some in health reporting.

The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed), travel expenses within the United States, a food stipend and lodging. The 2016 fellowship will be Oct. 23-17. Click here to learn more and apply…

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