Midwest Health Journalism Program 2009-10
Training fellowships for Kansas and Missouri journalists
This competitive program will pick 10 journalists from Kansas and Missouri each year for special training sessions, mentoring and access to AHCJ conferences, workshops and resources.
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.
Although time out of their home newsrooms will be kept to a minimum, potential fellows should receive backing from their employers before applying. In return, employers can count on a more confident, skilled, connected reporter or editor delivering more powerful health-related stories to their communities. The fellowship will cover travel, lodging and most meals, along with association membership and any registration fees.
The training will be delivered through AHCJ's Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, based at the Missouri School of Journalism. The program is a joint project with the Kansas Health Institute and the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Specific fellow benefits include:
- 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. (Aug. 16-20)
- Travel, lodging and registration at next year’s Rural Health Journalism Workshop planned for Kansas City. (May or June 2010)
- Travel, lodging and registration at Health Journalism 2010, the annual conference of AHCJ featuring dozens of workshops, panel sessions, field trips and news briefings with key health experts and policy makers. (April 2010)
- 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 electronic discussion list and Web page.
- Continuing resource support after the fellowship.