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Educating Journalists: The Best Of Both Worlds

Instead of relying on the current proliferation of disconnected three day workshops or the small handful high=prestige yearlong residential programs, the Kaiser Family Foundation has come up with a more flexible, nonresidential program for health care reporters that seems like a little bit of the best of both worlds. With seminars and field visits throughout the year, the nonresidential Kaiser program length can be as little as 10 days or as long as nine months depending on the needs of the journalist. With lower costs to operate the program, more than a couple of fellowships can be awarded each year. Perhaps most important, Kaiser fellows are expected to keep filing stories, rather than getting pulled out of the newsroom. And even though Kaiser is a foundation with its own point of view, they seem to have figured out how to ensure that the fellowship program is considered to be independent and nonpartisan. Today Kaiser announced its most recent nine fellows (2007 Kaiser Media Fellows).

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