2017 California Data Fellowship


Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017
Program Description:

The California Data Fellowship introduces 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 California HealthCare Foundation and The California Endowment, includes a $2,000 reporting stipend. Up to three of the 10 Fellows will also receive community engagement grants of $2,000. The Fellowship is designed for reporters who want to harness and analyze data that can shape health care decision-making, policy and legislation across California and beyond. It will help skilled journalists to mine health data to reveal key insights essential to high-impact journalism.

Over the course of four days, Fellows also will learn how to integrate the growing wealth of California health data – on procedures, providers, costs, conditions and demographics — into reporting about health issues in their communities.  Editors will be invited to participate in a half-day project brainstorming session with other Fellows and editors. Over the six months after the training, our highly skilled Senior Fellows, Paul Overberg, a distinguished data journalist at the Wall Street Journal, and Cheryl Phillips, Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University and a member of the California Civic Data Coalition, will provide guidance as each Fellow works on a substantive data-informed health journalism project of importance to his or her community.

The Center prioritizes joint applications from partnering mainstream and ethnic media teams.

The California Health Data Reporting Fund, a competitive grants program, underwrites substantive data-informed health reporting. Fellows receive $2,000 to support research and reporting. The Fund supports projects on health policy topics including mental health and substance abuse; healthcare costs and healthcare financing; the performance of California’s safety net; the patient experience; the healthcare workforce; health care coordination; the use of opioid drugs; end of life and palliative care; telemedicine and the use of technology in health care delivery; data transparency and the health care industry; maternity care and cancer care.

The Community Engagement Fund provides grants of $2,000 to three of the California Data Fellows to underwrite innovative community engagement strategies.


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