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USC Annenberg and California HealthCare Foundation Join in New Health Care Journalism Venture
Date:9/17/2009

ter's board of advisors and lead the Center's development. A nationwide search is under way for an editor-in-chief and a staff of journalists. The staff will be based primarily in Los Angeles, in addition to one Sacramento-based reporter who will cover health policy-related issues.

"We are eager to dig into the health care issues that most affect Californians and provide the facts and information they need to make sense of the debate over reform of health care," Parks said. "Through our partnerships with California newspapers and broadcasters, and with the staff we will recruit under this grant, I believe the center will provide much-needed impartial information on the difficult issues in health care, but will also be able to analyze proposed solutions to these problems objectively. And our work will be rooted into the communities affected by these issues, so people will understand the stakes in terms of their lives and the health of their families."

Last year, Parks led a six-month pilot of the Center concept and completed five series of reports with the Merced Sun-Star, The Fresno Bee, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Redding Searchlight and The North County Times.

"This is a potent and trailblazing model," said Mike Tharp, executive editor of the Merced Sun-Star. "The Center's resources, in the form of partnership with an editor, reporter, and photographer, let us produce a series that I nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The series still resonates around our community."

About the California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California. By promoting innovations in care and broader access to information, its goal is to ensure that all Californians can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price
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