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General Questions

What is ReportingonHealth?

ReportingonHealth is an online community and learning resource for journalists, bloggers, health policy thinkers and others interested in joining a conversation about health and medical news, health communication and our communities. A project of the USC-Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships program, ReportingonHealth is funded by a generous grant by The California Endowment. ReportingonHealth offers extensive reporting resources, blogs and other content as well as professional networking for journalists and new media professionals covering health issues. But its primary aim is to spur conversations and learning among members and to provide a way for members to share their thoughts in blogs and comments and to showcase their work and accomplishments in attractive profiles.

What should I do if I have technical problems with the site?

Please let us know right away by going to our feedback page or email our community manager.

How do I contact the ReportingonHealth staff?

You can reach program staff by calling (626) 457-4296 during normal business hours, or by emailing editor [at] reportingonhealth [dot] org.

Our mailing address and physical location is:

The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships
University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication
The Alhambra
1000 South Fremont Avenue
Building A-0, 2nd Floor
Alhambra, CA 91803

How do I become a member?

Click here. Fill out the required fields marked with an asterisk. It's fast, easy and free!

Who can become a member?

Membership is open to anyone interested in joining our online community. Welcome!

How can I create or update my Community Profile?

Log in. Click on "My Profile" on the upper right of your screen. Then just fill in the blanks, upload a photo and make sure to save your updates. The save button is located in the bottom right hand section of the page, under the "Extra Info" section.

What are the rules of engagement?

ReportingonHealth has a Community Code which we ask all members to read and follow. This is a place of learning and sharing for people who care about health news and information. The editors of this site reserve the right to delete content that does not further this conversation. We welcome you to participate in this community by commenting, sharing your work and profile, or posting blog entries, and we encourage you to consider our guidelines to help create a productive space.

How do I ensure my personal information is secure?

Information you provide on your profile will only be viewable to members of the site. We will not share your information with outside third parties or vendors. Please see the our privacy policy for more information.

How do I sign up for the weekly e-mail newsletter?

Click here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, which is full of the latest member blogs, investigative health journalism tips and resources for covering timely stories. Or, you can find the Email sign-up button link at the top right hand corner of every page of the site.

My Profile and Uploading Content

How do I upload my stories to my profile?

Before uploading a story to your profile, you need to make sure to obtain the proper rights. If you own the story and would like to display it on our site, we welcome you to do so. If your news organization owns the story, please obtain permission to upload it to our site.

When you are logged into the site, click on "My Profile," a link on the top right of the navigation bar. The fields with red asterisks are required fields. If your story has a sidebar, you can enter that information into the sidebar section of the form. It allows for one photo.

If you are a regular member of the site, in the field marked "Project Type," select "Story."

If you are a former or current fellow to our program, you can enter your name in the Fellow field using the drop-down menu this will display your project in the fellowship story showcase, which profiles the work of participants in our Health Journalism Fellowships. Also, in the field marked "-Type," select "Fellowship Story."

You can copy and paste the text from your story into the text boxes, and use the WYSIWYG editor to format it. You are able to bold, underline, and italicize, as well as include hyperlinks, and insert photos, among a range of other formatting options available.

If your story requires a lot of formatting, under "Input format," select the radio button marked "Full HTML." This will give you the widest range of options and control over the look and feel of your story.

If you are a broadcaster, you can upload MP3 audio files and/or video files with .wmv, .flv, .rmv extensions at the bottom of the form. There are two sections, "Audio" and "Video" that allow you to upload the files and associated photos. You are not required to upload text, although, providing a description about what your project is about may be helpful to members of the site who browse through.

When you are done uploading and filling out the form, be sure to select a button regarding rights to the story before clicking "Submit."

Where did the terms on my profile under "Most common tags" come from?

These tags are generated from the blog posts and projects you have shared on the site. If you feel they are innaccurate, you can go back into the content you have created and change the tags there. The tags on your profile will reflect your updated tags on your content.

The Fellowships

What are the Health Journalism Fellowships?

The Fellowships are all-expenses-paid programs offered by the Annenberg School to educate journalists on best practices in health journalism, with a particular focus on community health topics. These mini-fellowships or seminar series also provide mentoring on Fellowship projects that participants are required to complete as part of the program. To learn more about our current program offerings, click here or contact cahealth [at] usc [dot] edu.

How do I apply for a fellowships program?

If you a working professional journalist who regularly produces or writes for a news outlet, you are eligible to apply for our program. More specific criteria for each of our fellowship programs are outlined in the Fellowships section of our site. For application materials, check out the How to Apply page.

How do I register for a special event?

If you're interested in attending one of our special events, click on the event and fill out the RSVP form at the bottom of the page. Name, e-mail address and number of attendees are required fields to sign up.

How do I upload my fellowship project to the fellowship story showcase? (Fellows only)

If you are a former or current fellow in the program, you have the option of uploading a fellowship project to your profile. Click on the My Profile link in the top right corner of the navigation bar, and in the View tab, click on Add Fellowship Project. Fill out the form, and copy and paste the text from your project into the space designated "Article." If you have a sidebar for your project, photos, videos or audio, you have the option of uploading those as well. Important note, it is mandatory that appropriate permissions be obtained before uploading your project to the site.

Community

Can I write for your site?

Yes, that's what this site is all about. We believe that learning will take place when members share ideas, inspiration, stories and suggestions with each other. Please fill out your profile so people know who you are. You can then immediately start blogging from your site profile as soon as your membership is approved by a moderator. Please keep in mind our Community Code.

ReportingonHealth also commissions essays on critical topics in health care and health journalism. After reading the content on ReportingonHealth, feel free to share your ideas for essays or resource guides by contacting community editor Albert Sabaté.

I'd like to see information about a certain topic on your site. Who can I contact?

We welcome your ideas and suggestions for the site at our feedback page, or email editor [at] reportingonhealth [dot] org.

What about your forums?

We are in the processing of closing our forums. If you want to share your ideas, please create a member blog post.

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