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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 The GroundTruth Project (previously with GlobalPost) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which provides an opportunity to engage and train young journalists as they research and report for a GlobalPost Special Report centered each year around a critical global health policy issue. More on the fellowship program can be found here and all coverage can be accessed on GlobalPost’s website.

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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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Apply for the Global Health Journalist Fellowship at World Health Assembly

The United Nations Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation have partnered to announce a fellowship for a select group of U.S.-based journalists to participate in the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. The fellowship, which will take place May 17-22, 2015, will offer journalists the chance to learn more about the most pressing challenges facing international development and global health, as well as how these issues directly impact U.S. interests and health policy. Journalists will participate in on-the-record issue briefings, roundtables, and conversations with experts and high-level officials from the U.S. and around the globe, while also taking part in World Health Assembly events throughout the week.

Learn More and Apply by March 9, 2015
Global Health Web Briefings for Media

Kaiser hosted a series of interactive web briefings exclusively for journalists on the key global health issues of 2014, featuring Kaiser global health policy staff and external experts. The series addressed the president's fiscal year 2015 budget request, key issues surrounding the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014, and the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"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