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AHCJ- National Cancer Reporting Fellowship

Application deadline: Dec. 8 noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. PT

With the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AHCJ is pleased to again offer the National Cancer Reporting Fellowship.

AHCJ will select journalists for three partial days of online training Feb. 1-3, 2022, with experts from the National Institutes of Health to increase participants' understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and better localize cancer-related stories.

Session topics include:

  • COVID-19 and cancer connections

  • Moonshots, dream teams and wars on cancer: What’s ahead?

  • Cancer evidence by the numbers

  • Hands-on exercises: How to understand and communicate cancer statistics

  • The world of guidelines and cancer screening

  • How clinical trials work

  • Using SEER and other data resources

  • Storybuilding: Including patients in the equation

Candidates must be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership, according to the organization's qualifications. The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed).

Fellows must commit to attending all sessions.

Direct questions about the fellowship to Susan Cunningham at or 573-882-2203.

What you'll need to apply:

Please note: ALL files submitted MUST be PDFs. The system will not accept Word or any other file type.

  1. A brief cover letter telling us about yourself, your understanding of the fellowship and why you are applying (PDF, max. 5 MB).

  2. An updated 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 specify how you and your employer will benefit from the fellowship. The letter should pledge the organization's support for your attendance at all fellowship 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.