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Media Internships & Fellowships

The Media Fellowships and Internships Program provides selected journalists with unique opportunities to gain an in-depth grasp of U.S. health and health policy issues, through site visits, briefings and discussions with policy experts and fellow editors and reporters. The focus is squarely on State, national and global health policy issues, with the aim of encouraging and informing coverage of the complex economic, political and medical issues involved for a broad range of audiences.

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Covering Health Reform: A Webinar Series for Journalists

As part of its Media Fellowships Program, the Kaiser Family Foundation is organizing a series of webinars exclusively for journalists to address key aspects of the law, the implications for consumers, and strategies for connecting the dots for different audiences.

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Media Fellowships in Health Reporting

Since 2011, the fellowship program has focused on the ways that different States are implementing The Affordable Care Act, and the implications of policy decisions for health care providers and patients. The fellowship program provides a week-long site visit and in-depth State-specific briefings for invited health and health policy journalists, with invitations tailored to the topics and issues addressed. Visit this page for information on the most recent site visits.

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Global Health Reporting Projects

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Since 2010, the Kaiser Foundation has launched several projects focused on U.S. global health policy reporting by U.S. news organizations. These include an annual reporting fellowship program with GlobalPost and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a detailed review and report on the future of global health journalism, and a discussion with USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah co-sponsored by the Kaiser Foundation, the Nieman Foundation, and GlobalPost.

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Media Internships in Health Reporting

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In the summer of 2013, fifteen interns reported on a wide range of health and medical issues at news organizations across the U.S. Each intern was asked to select one story they did, and briefly describe the reporting involved, what they learnt from the experience, and the impact the story had.

The Media Internships program will not be offered in 2014.

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Media Web Briefing: Key Stories Ahead of the 2014 International AIDS Conference

This interactive web briefing exclusively for journalists addressed key issues surrounding the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-July 25. Featuring Chris Beyrer, president-elect of the International AIDS Society and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the briefing discussed the top questions of the conference, the latest scientific advancements and setbacks in AIDS response, and the biggest challenges that remain to achieve the goal of an end to AIDS.

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Global Health Challenges of TB

The Kaiser Family Foundation convened a public forum to take stock of the global health challenge presented by TB, to examine the limitations and challenges of current treatment options, and to discuss the search for new and better TB drugs and other tools. The event began with a screening of a short segment of a new FRONTLINE television documentary, TB Silent Killer, which focuses on the Southern African nation of Swaziland, the country with the world’s highest incidence of TB, and delivers a portrait of the people living at the pandemic’s epicenter.

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Media Webinar: The President’s FY 2015 Budget Request and Global Health Programs

The Kaiser Family Foundation's interactive webinar exclusively for journalists reviewed the president's fiscal year 2015 budget request and examined how this year’s budget will impact existing U.S. global health programs on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, pandemic diseases and polio – as well as specific countries around the globe. Featuring Kaiser's global health buget experts and former Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. President George W. Bush Tony Fratto, the webinar analyzed how the budget fits into the larger foreign policy efforts of the U.S. government.

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"At a time when the demands of daily journalism can be overwhelming, the fellowships provide an invaluable opportunity to take a few days for an intense, comprehensive look at how health reform is playing out across the country. The reporting I did on two fellowships – to California and Massachusetts – led to front page stories and to new contacts that remain go-to sources for my ongoing coverage of health policy."

Noam N. Levey, The Los Angeles Times