Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program.
These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The postmark deadline for applications is April 19, 2010, and the fellowship recipients will be announced July 9, 2010. The 2010-2011 fellowship year begins in September 2010.
“Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues, as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey,” says former First Lady and Carter Center Mental Health Program Founder Rosalynn Carter.Each fellow is awarded a $10,000 stipend and two required expense-paid trips to The Carter Center in September 2010, and again in September 2011, to meet with program staff and advisers. Fellows are not required to leave their employment during the fellowship year and are encouraged to choose timely projects that may educate the public and raise awareness about important mental health concerns. Since the fellowship program began in 1996, 108 fellowships have been awarded, producing more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles, five books, four television documentaries, and hundreds of minutes of radio and television time.
Among other achievements, through their reporting, the Center’s fellows have helped expose patient abuse in a state psychiatric hospital, resulting in its closure; brought international attention to the tragic toll sexual violence has taken on women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and explored the complex and devastating mental health challenges faced by returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Fellows’ projects have garnered an Emmy Award and awards from Mental Health America, the American Psychological Association, Amnesty International, and the Association of Health Care Journalists, as well as nominations for the Pulitzer Prize.
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Grohol, J. (2010). Apply for a Mental Health Journalism Fellowship at Carter Center. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/03/10/apply-for-a-mental-health-journalism-fellowship-at-carter-center/