Midwest Health Journalism Program
Training fellowships for Kansas and Missouri journalists
This competitive program will pick five journalists from Kansas and five from 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. Training will amount to about two weeks spread over a year's time. 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:
- A kickoff meeting in Kansas City – July 26, 2008
- Customized workshops and an intense health reporting boot camp in Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 17-20, 2008)
- Customized CDC program in Atlanta (Dec. 3-6, 2008)
- State health policy program (Topeka or Jefferson City)
- Travel to and registration at Health Journalism 2009 in Seattle (April 16-19)
- Travel to and registration at one of our weekend workshops
- A rural health focus day in mid-2009
- Professional membership in the Association of Health Care Journalists, with access to all print and Web-based member resources
- Access to a personal mentor from AHCJ's 1,000-plus membership
- Fellows-only electronic discussion list and Web page
- Continuing resource support after the fellowship