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About Initiatives of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

At a time of dramatic change in the media landscape, our family of programs helps journalists and community storytellers innovate, investigate and illuminate health challenges in their communities, serving as a catalyst for change. The program is funded by a generous grant from The California Endowment, California's largest health-focused foundation, along with grants from other foundations and indvidual donors.


ReportingonHealth is an online community for people passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage of our communities. ReportingonHealth provokes conversations about health journalism, blogging, and storytelling. It provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting toolkits and tip-filled blogs.  Its content has been cited by the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, Fox News, KQED, the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of blogs and thousands of entries on social media platforms.

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The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism founded The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships program in  2005  to provide mid-career  journalists with tools and training to report great stories on health. The program's competitive, all-expenses-paid Fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from the newsroom to hone health reporting skills. In intimate workshops, field trips and discussions, fellows learn from the country's most respected health and medical experts, from top journalists in the field and from each other. Our seminars delve into current debates and dilemmas in health and health care. They also explore journalism on community health –  how circumstances outside the doctor’s office such as violence, access to healthy food, poverty and pollution – contribute to well being.

For information on upcoming programs,  contact us at [email protected]

Media Grant-Making

We award about $60,000 annually to reporters participating in our National Health Journalism Fellowship to underwrite substantive explanatory and investigative journalism (a total of more than $250,000 in the last five years). Each year, about five of our National Fellows receive grants from the  The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, which honors the legacy of the late Dennis A. Hunt, a California Endowment executive who co-founded our program. These grants provide critical support and resources at a time of industry upheaval, enabling the reporting of important stories that spark new conversations and policy change.

The Reporting on Health Collaborative

Health Journalism Fellows and their media outlets team with us to tackle ambitious investigative projects coupled with creative engagement strategies. The first Collaborative project involved seven media outlets. It examines the toll of valley fever, a devastating and overlooked disease plaguing California’s Central Valley. The second Collaborate project, Living in the Shadows, examined the nexus between immigration status and mental health.

Boyle Heights Beat/El Pulso de Boyle Heights

In partnership with Hoy and The California Endowment, we publish a quarterly bilingual print newspaper written by youth, as well as an online news site,, written by youth as well as adult contributors from a Latino immigrant neighborhood of Los Angeles. The paper is distributed to 23,000 households whose members often feel disconnected from or unfairly depicted by mainstream news coverage. Boyle Heights Beat captures life as its residents experience it, giving voice to a marginalized community and building trust and connectedness.    


Our Team

Michelle Levander, director, California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and ReportingonHealth editor-in-chief

Martha Shirk, program consultant

Jesse Wang, program coordinator

Ryan White, contributing editor, ReportingonHealth


Our upcoming webinar will explain what’s driving huge increases in drug prices, how these costs impact patients, and suggest ways in which journalists can cover this evolving story. Sign up HERE.

We are launching a new all-expenses-paid Fellowship in December 2015 to introduce 10 California journalists to the wealth of health data sources that can inform and elevate their reporting. The Fellowship includes a $1,000 reporting stipend and six months of mentoring.


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