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2015 California Data Fellowship

Program Description: 

Our new California Data Fellowship introduced 10 competitively-selected California journalists to a wealth of data sources that can inform and elevate their health reporting. The all-expenses-paid program, funded with generous grants from the  and , includes a $1,000 reporting stipend. The Fellowship was designed for reporters who want to learn how to harness and analyze data that can shape health care decision-making, policy and legislation across California and beyond. It will help journalists who are skilled storytellers to advance to a new level by mining healthcare data to reveal key insights essential to high impact journalism. 

Over the course of four days, Fellows learned how to integrate the growing wealth of California health data – data about procedures, providers, costs, conditions and demographics -- into reporting and writing about health issues in their communities.  We also brought in editors to participate in a half-day project brainstorming session with other Fellows and editors.  Our highly skilled Senior Fellows will provide guidance over the next six months as each Fellow works on a substantive data-based health journalism project. 

Click here for a list of Fellows and links to their Fellowship projects and blog posts.

Who Can Apply: 

This Fellowship was open to all California-based journalists, as well as journalists based elsewhere who contribute regularly to a California-based media outlet. 

 

 

Highlights: 

Here are some  highlights:

  • William E. Heisel, director of global engagement for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations at the University of Washington and a blogger for CenterforHealthJournalism.org, gave the keynote dinner address on "The Power of Small Data." 
  • , a data journalist at the Wall Street Journal, provided a primer on the basics of spreadsheet analysis and the census.
  •  Hearst Professional in Residence at Stanford University's Department of Communication, provided instruction on standardizing data. 
  •  a data journalist for The Associated Press, provided a roadmap to evaluating the success of Obamacare and a broad overview of datasets instrumental to good health reporting. 
  •  editor of the Computer-Assisted Reporting Group at The New York Times, talked about how reporters can use FOIA and its cousins to access death records, hospital payments and lobbying by health care companies.  

Announcements

The deadline is Friday, December 14, to apply for the 2019 California Fellowship, which provides $1,000 reporting grants and six months of expert mentoring to 20 journalists, community engagement grants of up to $2,000, specialized mentoring, to five.  

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