About the program
Harvard Medical School’s Media Fellowship program, now entering its 20th year, is accepting applications for its spring 2017 sessions. The fellowships bring together top health and science journalists and preeminent researchers and physician-scientists for a weeklong educational immersion on the HMS campus in Boston.
The 2017 topics are:
- Medicine by the Numbers (April 24-28)
How computation, math and big data are transforming basic discovery, diagnoses, clinical therapies and population health.
- The Quest for Immortality: Rethinking an age-old question (May 15-19)
While scientists uncover the molecular aberrations that fuel cell atrophy and cell demise, evolutionary biologists ponder the limits of human longevity and frontline clinicians develop new therapies to stave off the degeneration and frailty of aging.
About the Media Fellowships
During each weeklong session, media fellows spend time on the HMS campus and in our affiliated hospitals and institutes to gain a deeper understanding of the spectrum of research and state of the science in a particular area.
Reporters meet with a range of experts on a given topic, including basic scientists, translational investigators and practicing clinicians. Although reporters attend as a group, we try to work with each fellow to tailor the experience to individual interests within the broader theme.
We will choose three fellows for each thematic track.
HMS will pay for participants’ lodging, meals and ground transportation, but fellows must cover their own travel costs to and from the Boston area.
These fellowships are offered as educational opportunities on a background basis. Over the past 19 years, HMS has hosted more than 100 reporters from print, online and broadcast news outlets. Reporters spend unsupervised time with faculty, researchers and physician-scientists from affiliated hospitals and various experts from other Harvard schools and institutes. Fellows often cultivate lasting relationships with scientists and generate a wealth of story ideas.
By midnight on March 1, 2017, please email Ekaterina_pesheva@hms.harvard.edu the following:
- three to five relevant clips of stories dealing with health, medicine or science
- two to three paragraphs detailing why you are interested in attending and what you hope to take away from the fellowship
In addition, please state that you have license from your editor, or usual freelance clients, to cover the topic broadly at some point in the future.
You are not obligated to cover Harvard’s work in the area, just the field as a whole.
We look forward to hearing from you or from someone you think would benefit from this experience.
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