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Nine Journalists Named as 2009 Kaiser Media Fellows

Program Encourages Journalists to Examine Health Policy Issues In-depth

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kaiser Family Foundation today announced the nine journalists selected to participate in this year's Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health program. The Kaiser Media Fellows will engage in group site visits focused on health policy issues and attend special briefings with leading health policy experts and practitioners to increase their understanding of current health policy issues, while working on in-depth reporting projects on a variety of policy-related topics. The Fellows will also receive training in multimedia reporting techniques.

The 2009 Kaiser Media Fellows will undertake the following projects:

  • Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., "The Doctor's World" columnist and former senior medical correspondent, The New York Times, NY
    • Reporting on the health of Presidential and political candidates.
  • Paula Andalo, managing editor, El Tiempo Latino, Washington DC
    • The role community clinics play in providing care for Hispanic immigrants.
  • Allison Aubrey, health correspondent, National Public Radio, Washington DC
    • Creating a culture of wellness: what are the key steps needed?
  • Sindya N. Bhanoo, freelance contributor, The Washington Post Health Section, San Francisco, CA
    • eHealth--balancing the benefits of electronic medical records with privacy concerns.
  • Guy Boulton, business reporter/healthcare, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI
    • Efficiency and effectiveness in medical care.
  • Monique Fields, metro reporter, The Birmingham News, AL
    • The Mental Health Parity Act and its impact on mental health care in Alabama.
  • Mark N. Trahant, freelance journalist, former editorial page editor, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA
    • Examining the Indian Health Service and its relevance to the national health reform debate.
  • Anita Wadhwani, freelance journalist, Nashville, TN
    • Cuts to the TennCare program and the impact on patients.
  • David Wahlberg, health/medicine reporter, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI
    • Challenges in providing health care services to rural communities.

"Since we established this program in 1993, 107 journalists have participated, it's been a key part of our commitment to health journalism," said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman.

The Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health program provides journalists with flexibility to pursue in-depth research projects combined with newsroom reporting while participating in group site visits and briefings on a variety of health policy issues. In February 2009, the Fellows spent a week in Pennsylvania for a series of briefings on the state's health reform initiatives, including efforts to reduce medical errors and cut health costs. The 2009 Fellows will meet for an intensive three-day workshop on multimedia reporting, including blogging and audio-visual reporting, and in November the Fellows will convene at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a three-day program on spreadsheet reporting and multimedia techniques and technologies.

The fellowship projects can take as long as nine months or as little as a few months to complete, but all fellows participate in site visits and seminars throughout the year. Stipends are awarded based on the length of the fellowship, up to $55,000 for a nine-month period. The program also covers expenses, such as travel and computer equipment, based on the needs of the project.

Fellows are selected by a national advisory committee, which reviews fellowship applications and interviews finalists. The Kaiser Media Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee members are:

  • Paul Delaney, director, Initiative on Racial Mythology, Washington, DC
  • Timothy Johnson, M.D., medical editor, ABC News
  • Bill Kovach, chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists
  • Sharon Rosenhause, former managing editor, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • Joanne Silberner, health policy correspondent, National Public Radio

Over one hundred Kaiser Fellows have been selected since Kaiser began its journalism program in 1993. The journalists have represented some of the leading print, radio and television news organizations in the nation. A complete list of Kaiser Fellows and other program details are

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.

SOURCE Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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