USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Analysis


Some of the best journalism these days wraps scrupulous data analysis in compelling narratives. The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism would like to help you with the data analysis part of the equation through our all-expenses-paid 2018 Data Fellowship, which offers an intensive training institute,  grants of $2000 to $4,000 to help with reporting an ambitious project and six months of expert mentoring.

The Fellowship was previously limited to California-based journalists, but new foundation support enables us to offer journalists from other states the same opportunity.Founded 15 years ago, the Center for Health Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, is known nationally as the pre-eminent training program nationally for journalists on community health and children’s issues.

We’ll bring journalists to Los Angeles at our expense from October 17-20; provide four days of intensive training in data acquisition, cleansing, analysis and visualization techniques; and then send them home to work on a substantive reporting project. The sessions will be led by three of the nation’s most respected data journalists — Stanford Professor Cheryl Phillips, former data innovation editor at the Seattle Times; Paul Overberg, data reporter for the Wall St. Journal; and Meghan Hoyer, data editor for The Associated Press — with assistance from other top data journalists from around the country.  We’ll also bring your editor to L.A. at our expense for a half-day Editor-Fellow Workshop.

Each applicant must propose an ambitious data-informed reporting project. From journalists from outside California, we’re seeking proposals for projects that explore child welfare, juvenile justice and child health and well-being issues, including, but not limited to, the impact of chronic stress, poverty and childhood trauma on child development; juvenile justice; the intersection between partner violence and child abuse; the role of policy in improving prospects for children; community violence; child illness, injury and mortality trends; the intersection of race/ethnicity and/or class in child and family outcomes; strengths-based approaches to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families; creative financing strategies; cross-agency strategies to treat and prevent the impacts of child maltreatment on children and families; and innovative solutions.

From California journalists, we’re seeking proposals for projects on topics such as 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. (We also welcome proposals from California journalists that are focused on children and families, but they should also meet one of the above criteria.) We also expect to award a few supplemental grants of up to $2,000 for community engagement to California journalists.

Want to know more?  Check our website.


Note: The deadline for applicants from outside California is September 7 (TODAY, August 27, 2018 for California applicants).  We require applicants to have a conversation in advance of applying with one of our Senior Fellows. Email Martha Shirk at to arrange.