USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship

The 2021 Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship is designed for skilled journalists who want to learn to mine data sources to reveal key insights essential to high-impact journalism. 

The program offers professional reporters an opportunity to learn to acquire, analyze and produce visualizations of data that can help their audiences understand key health and child welfare developments.  Fellows can be beat reporters focused on health, education or children’s issues or general assignment reporters with a demonstrated interest in reporting on these themes. 

Data Fellows receive five days of intensive training on data acquisition, cleaning, analysis and visualization, as well as an introduction to important data sets that can serve as the basis for groundbreaking journalism.  They hear from leading data journalism experts about how to make successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and gain insights on how to pair original data analysis with compelling narratives.

The 2021 Data Fellowship will provide training tracks tailored to the skill levels of participating journalists. 

Each Fellow is required to propose an ambitious investigative or explanatory reporting project to undertake in the six months following the training. Fellows return home from the training with grants of $2,000 to support reporting and data acquisition costs.   For five months, Fellows receive guidance from our expert data journalism mentors as they complete ambitious explanatory or investigative Fellowship projects built around data – reporting that impacts policy and spurs new community discussions. Click here for a list of 2020 Data Fellows and links to their profiles and projects

Based on evolving university responses to the pandemic, we are still finalizing our decision on whether the 2021 Data Fellowship will be held in person or online through the Zoom platform.

Opportunity offered by:

USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

Helping journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities with fact-based, rigorous reporting that serves as a catalyst for change. The Center for Health Journalism has trained more than…
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Location(s) where available

United States (all)

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Areas of focus

Data Journalism
General Funding
Investigative Journalism

Application deadline:
August 10, 2022
This is a recurring opportunity