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AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellowship: Mid-Atlantic

Through our Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, this program selects a small number of journalists annually from a specific region of the country for this special opportunity.

The 2017-18 fellowship class will come from Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The aim of the program is to provide established journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on localizing critical health issues. The program is designed by journalists for journalists. Although the training is spread over a year's time, actual time away from the newsroom totals just a couple of weeks.

Specifically, we provide:

  • A two-day initiation and in-depth seminar on social determinants and disparities. (Planned for July 2017.)

  • An intense one-week health reporting boot camp at the Missouri School of Journalism featuring some of the top health journalists in the country. (Planned for Aug. 13-17, 2017.)

  • Two days of customized briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

  • An exclusive one-hour story idea webinar you can take part in from home or the office. (Planned for January/February 2018.)

  • Four days at Health Journalism 2018, the annual conference of AHCJ featuring dozens of panel sessions, field trips and news briefings with key health experts and policy makers. (Planned for April 2018.)

  • The one-day 2018 Rural Health Journalism Workshop. (Planned for June 2018.)

  • A professional one-year membership (new or renewed) 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 1,500-plus membership.

  • A fellows-only electronic discussion list and Web page.

  • Continuing resource support after the fellowship.

Candidates should be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership – please check here to see if you qualify. The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed), travel expenses within the United States, a food stipend and lodging.

We only ask that you commit to attending all of the sessions with the other fellows.

We believe your reporting and writing will be stronger, your understanding of health issues related to medical research, health policy and the business of health care will be deeper and your ability to translate national trends into locally significant stories will be clearer.

The application deadline was June 12.

If you have any questions about this fellowship, please contact Susan Cunningham at or 573-882-2203.

Read what past fellows have said about their participation in the program.

See a list of the past fellows.

What you'll need to apply:

  1. A brief cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are applying for this fellowship (PDF, max. 5 MB).

  2. A current résumé (PDF, max. 5 MB).

  3. letter of recommendation from a current supervisor (PDF, max. 5 MB). This letter should comment on your strengths and the likelihood that you and your employer will benefit from the fellowship. The letter should pledge the organization will support the applicant attending training sessions. Freelance applicants should include a recommendation from an assigning editor or client.

  4. A URL to one story you published or aired during the past 12 months. If no URL is available, you may attach a PDF or MP3 — max. 15 MB. We strongly encourage broadcasters to upload their material to a service such as YouTube for review if it is not already available online. Note that YouTube allows “unlisted” posting.