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Media Internships in Health 2011

The Kaiser Media Internships in Health: 2011 Kaiser Media Interns


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sponsors 16 annual summer internships for journalists interested in specializing in health and health policy reporting. The aim is to provide journalists just starting their reporting careers with an in-depth introduction to and practical experience on the specialist health beat – with a particular focus on diverse and immigrant communities. Interns are typically just graduating from undergraduate or graduate school, and are selected by the participating news organizations. This is an intensive 12-week program that combines briefings and site visits with practical reporting experience

The program begins in early June with a week-long briefing in Washington, D.C., where the interns meet with a wide range of health policy experts, health providers, and senior health reporters and editors. Briefings are focused on national trends and health-related statistics as well as local demographic, cultural, economic and epidemiological factors that affect health issues in the cities where the interns are working during the summer. Story ideas and reporting challenges specific to the health beat are discussed in some detail. Interns are then based at their news organizations for 10 weeks where they report on health, health policy, and medical issues. The program ends in late August with a 3-day meeting and site visits in Boston, including a detailed critique of each intern’s print, video, or audio clips by a group of senior health journalists.

See the briefing and critique agendas (.pdf).

The 16 news organizations that participated in the 2011 program were The Boston Globe, The Charlotte Observer, KQED Public Radio/San Francisco, KTVU/2-TV/San Francisco/Oakland, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, NPR, The Oregonian, The Orlando Sentinel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Plain Dealer/Cleveland, Reuters, The Sacramento Bee, The San Jose Mercury News, The Seattle Times, The Times-Picayune, and The Washington Post. While reporting for these news organizations, the interns produced a considerable number of stories. The clips included here just represent a selection of the work produced during the 2011 program.

2011 Media Interns and Their Host Organizations (click on the interns’ names to see examples of their work)

Neena Satija
The Boston Globe
Deia de Brito
The Charlotte ObserverAlexander Liu
KQED Public Radio, San Francisco Rose Tibayan
KTVU/2-TV, San Francisco-OaklandGrace Patuwo
The Milwaukee Journal SentinelLinda Thrasybule
NPR, Washington DCAndrew Doughman
The Orlando Sentinel Tatiana Sanchez
The Oregonian Juliana Schatz
The Philadelphia Inquirer Teresa Chin
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Andrew Seaman
Reuters, Washington DC Lynn La
The Sacramento Bee Jane Lee
The San Jose Mercury News Roberto Daza
The Seattle Times Ashley Hopkinson
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans Christian Torres
The Washington Post


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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.