The first word in public health is public. Yet critical public health stories often go unheard by the very people they most affect and those with the power to make change-the public.
This grant is an opportunity to investigate or illuminate an international public health issue with editorial support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a leading journalism organization with deep experience covering global health issues.
The winning fellow will complete an international field-reporting project and spend time in the Pulitzer Center's Washington, DC headquarters to work with Pulitzer Center editors before and after travel. Fellows will complete news articles, short videos, slideshows or other media products. The Center and Hopkins will work with the fellow to place resulting journalism in media outlets. The fellow will learn to tell global health stories to the general public and develop an understanding of how the media shapes global health debates.
Up to $5,000 is available for field reporting and to cover living expenses in Washington, DC for summer 2014.
The fellowship is part of a collaboration between the Center for Global Health, the Office of Communications at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Apply to be a 2014 Summer Fellow
Any student in a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health degree program (including May 2014 graduates) is welcome to apply.
Applicants should be committed to taking on the role of a journalist for the course of the grant. This role is different from that of a public health practitioner or advocate. To get a handle on the differences, please read the Pulitzer Center's Ethics and Standards Policy. We are aware that applicants will be coming from a practitioner perspective; we will help you to make the transition.
Previous reporting experience is not a requirement for this grant. Center editors will work closely with the fellow on storytelling strategies, reporting methods and travel logistics, such as hiring a fixer.
If you have interest in this kind of work, then you should not hesitate to apply!
The fellow will spend several weeks working with Pulitzer Center editors in Washington, D.C. and at least two weeks in the field working on the international reporting project.
Applications for the 2014 cycle are due March 26, 2014.
The fellow will be announced on April 7, 2014. The fellow will be expected to complete work associated with the fellowship by the end of August 2014.
The fellow will be expected to produce several media pieces such as blog posts for the Pulitzer Center website, articles, video and/or slideshows. The fellow will work with Pulitzer Center editors to determine a set of deliverables for the project appropriate to the fellow's past experience. The Center will provide technical and editorial support through the planning, reporting, and writing/production phases of the fellowship.
Preference will be given to projects set in low- and middle-income countries. As this fellowship requires journalistic independence, students should not propose stories about a Hopkins project.
The strongest proposals will identify an untold health story and present a clear, succinct plan for telling that story.
If you have questions about the grant or the Pulitzer Center, please contact Peter Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is more than happy to hear your ideas and questions.
Representatives of JHSPH and the Pulitzer Center will evaluate applications and choose the fellow.
You are encouraged to look at other health projects supported by the Pulitzer Center in the past, both to learn from successful projects and to avoid proposing a project that has already been funded by the Pulitzer Center.
Joanne Silberner's radio series on cancer in the developing world and Amy Maxmen's reporting on a malaria prevention method that will cause drug resistance are excellent recent examples of health projects. Jonathan Cox (Davidson College) had a project India: How Farming Families Navigate the Urban Healthcare System
Varsha, a physician from India, traveled there last summer to report a story on dowry violence. Read her article here.