2023/2024 USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship

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Last Updated on May 15, 2023

USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship

The Data Fellowship offers journalists an opportunity to transform their reporting by training them to “interview the data” as if it were a human source. Equipped with the tools to find original sources of information and perform data analysis, Fellows graduate from this hands-on training program prepared to produce a major investigative or explanatory health reporting project in the months that follow.

This program offers training on data acquisition, cleaning, analysis and visualization led by some of the nation’s most skilled data reporters and journalism practitioners. They teach journalists how to “bulletproof” their data, ensuring accuracy in reporting. Whether you are new to data reporting or you want to master more advanced techniques such as the “R” programming environment, the personalized program — with its three skills tracks — will equip you with tools and techniques to produce major investigative and explanatory health reporting projects. 

Following the training week, Senior Fellows mentor reporters as they pair original data analysis with compelling narratives culminating in a groundbreaking Fellowship project focusing on an overlooked health issue in their community.


Fellows receive:

  • A $2,000 stipend to defray reporting costs.
  • A four-day in-person, hands-on training in beginner, intermediate or advanced Excel or R-Studio.
  • Five months of professional mentorship, including skills-building workshops and ongoing learning.

Fellows also are eligible to apply for five months of professional mentorship in engaged journalism and $1,000-$2,000 to support those creative efforts.


  • Open only to professional journalists. Full-time students are not eligible to apply. 
  • They welcome freelancers to apply, but they must earn the bulk of their income from journalism and have a confirmed assignment with an outlet to be considered. This includes a signed editor checklist and letter of recommendation. 
  • They welcome journalists from newsrooms both large and small. They have admitted reporters to the Fellowships from national outlets with hundreds of staff members and from local newsrooms where there are just a few reporters on staff. 


The deadline to apply is July 17, 2023. The 2023 Data Fellowship Week will take place at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles from October 16 – 19, 2023.

The application asks you to write or upload the following components:

  • Personal Statement
  • Project Proposal
  • Deliverables Statement
  • Resume
  • Three Work Samples
  • Biography and Photo
  • Letter of Reference from an Editor (former or current)
  • Editor Checklist (download from link and have editor sign)

Click here to apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit Data Fellowship.

Deadline: July 17, 2023.

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