Date and Time: Monday, July 19, 2021 – 9:00am to Friday, July 23, 2021 – 3:00am
Signup Deadline: Monday, May 17, 2021 – 11:30pm
The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship will help journalists and their newsrooms report deeply and authoritatively on the health, welfare and well-being of children, youth, families and communities, as viewed through the lenses of COVID-19 and systemic racism.
At a time of continuing collective national trauma, the 2021 National Fellowship will provide journalists a chance to step back from breaking news and take a deeper look at how the coronavirus pandemic laid bare pervasive social and economic inequities in the United States and the lasting health effects of systemic racism and exclusion. Fellows will learn from nationally renowned health experts, policy analysts and community health leaders, from top journalists in the field and from each other. Participants will “graduate” with a multitude of story ideas and sources and a thorough understanding of the root causes of ill health and disparities in outcomes and why the pandemic is having a disproportionate effect on people and communities of color.
Now in its 14th year, the National Fellowship annually offers five days of informative and stimulating discussions, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000, engagement grants of up to $2,000 and six months of expert mentoring as Fellows work on ambitious explanatory or investigative projects. In all its training institutes, the Center emphasizes impact journalism, solutions journalism and community engagement approaches that help journalists to make a difference.
To ensure the health of participants as the nation continues to confront COVID-19, the National Fellowship will again be offered a a virtual program over Zoom. The Fellowship will be held for six hours a day. In addition, Fellows will be required to participate in four remote programs once a month from August through November 2021.
For our 2021 National Fellowship, the Center is soliciting project proposals to investigate and to explore the racial, ethnic and geographic health disparities that are emerging each day for vulnerable children, youth and families as the pandemic proceeds; unequal access to economic relief and recovery opportunities; the performance of local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations during the crisis; how communities of color are faring differently; what risks “essential workers” continue to face; and policy options to address the longstanding weaknesses in our social safety net that have been thrown into sharp relief by this crisis and that create uneven outcomes and opportunities for our nation’s families. Each Fellow must commit to the publication or broadcast of the project by December 31, 2021.