The grant competition is open to print, broadcast, and online journalists in the United States. Both employed journalists and freelancers are welcome to apply. Priority is given to applicants who propose joint projects between mainstream and ethnic media. Students are ineligible.
The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism provides grants of up to $10,000 for reporting on critical health issues facing underserved communities.
The Fund honors a visionary communications leader, the late vice president of communications and public affairs at The California Endowment, California's largest health foundation.
Dennis A. Hunt had an enduring commitment to high-quality journalism on critical health issues. While serving at The California Endowment, Dennis co-founded the USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, which has educated hundreds of journalists on pressing community health and health policy issues confronting underserved communities in the United States.
Applications for the 2014 grants must be filed through our online application link by April 1, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Grantees are expected to attend all sessions of the all-expenses-paid National Health Journalism Fellowships, which will be held in Los Angeles July 13-17, 2014.
AWARD RANGE: $2,500-$10,000 (most are $5,000 or less)
2013 Dennis A. Hunt Health Journalism Fund Grantees
Becca Aaronson, a health care reporter for The Texas Tribune, an Austin-based online news site, will report on how changing public policies affect women’s health services in Texas. Grant: $5,000
Liza Gross, a freelance journalist for Environmental Health News, will examine the social, economic and environmental health inequities facing California farm workers. Grant: $4,000
Jennifer Haberkorn, a health care reporter at POLITICO and POLITICO Pro, will examine enrollment procedures in several states’ health insurance exchanges and compare the experiences of consumers. Grant: $4,500
Sean Hamill, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will report on the effects of hospital closures on small communities. Grant: $5,000
Jason Kane, a reporter-producer for PBS NewsHour’s health unit, will focus on the impact of food insecurity on the health of low-income populations, particularly children. Grant: $6,000
Lisa Riordan Seville, an independent researcher and producer for NBC News, will report on the challenge of providing health care and other services to the growing number of older people in Montana. Grant: $4,000
Eric Whitney, a freelancer reporter for Colorado Public Radio, NPR and Kaiser Health News, will compare Americans’ access to new health benefits in three states. Grant: $3,500
The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism honors Dennis Hunt's legacy by providing financial support for ambitious investigative and explanatory journalism projects on community health and health policy issues. The fund is financed by memorial contributions from Hunt's friends and colleagues.
The grant is designed to cover reporting and publishing- or broadcast-related costs such as travel, website development, database acquisition and analysis, environmental or health testing, translation services, and a journalist’s otherwise uncompensated time. Both freelancers and news outlet employees are eligible to apply.
The Dennis A. Hunt Fund seeks proposals for stories or multimedia projects that illuminate or expose critical community health or community health policy issues. Proposals can focus on a specific health topic or delve into a confluence of circumstances and conditions that impact health, including environment; social class; crime and violence; urban development; access to health resources or the lack thereof; school absenteeism; transportation or city planning, and and disparities in health. Topics that would NOT be eligible would include clinical trials, medical research, the latest treatments for a disease, or a community health problem afflicting a population outside of the United States.
Grantees will be selected by a committee of journalists and communications and public policy experts. Four rounds of grants have previously been funded, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. (For a better idea about what sorts of stories we're interested in funding, you can click here to learn more about our 2012 grantees; here to learn more about our 2011 grantees; here to learn more about our 2010 grantees; and here to learn more about our 2009 grantees.)
One third of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining two-thirds to be paid upon publication or broadcast. Grantees also are automatically awarded acceptance in the all-expenses-paid National Fellowships of (July 14-18, 2013 in Los Angeles), though they do not receive the $2,000 stipend. Hunt-funded projects must be published or broadcast within one year of the Fellowship seminars.
Click here for an application and more details about what's required. The application form for the Hunt grants is the same as for The National Health Journalism Fellowship, although a more detailed budget must be submitted. For more information, contact Martha Shirk at cahealth [at] usc [dot] edu.
The 2014 program is still being developed. Click here to read about highlights of the 2013 Fellowship.