Nicole Via y Rada seeks sources for her story on Cuban immigrants at the 2016 Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Workshop in Journalism & New Media at the University of Miami. Photo: Miami Montage staff

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Dow Jones News Fund to emphasize health reporting in its 2018 summer high school journalism workshops.

The News Fund will award $35,000 to colleges and nonprofit groups to host students from under-resourced communities or who lack access to journalism training. The aspiring journalists will concentrate on health and wellness topics as they learn to report and write for an audience.

Students’ primary research and reporting topics could cover health policy, vaccinations, adolescent sexuality, physical fitness, nutrition, poverty, substance abuse, gun violence, environmental hazards and suicide prevention.

Workshops are expected to promote students’ work to peers, parents and the community through print, broadcast, social media and town halls. The News Fund will also award $5,000 in college scholarships to winners in a competition for best photo, video, reporting, data journalism and overall health and wellness journalism.

DJNF has been funding summer high school journalism workshops since 1968.

Email Heather Taylor, manager of programs and digital media,, for proposal guidelines and the link to the proposal form. The deadline is 9 a.m. EST, March 6. Grantees will be notified by March 23.

The proposal should include a workshop theme or topic, a budget, resumes of staff and speakers, a detailed tentative schedule and an example of 2017 workshop media, if applicable.

Proposals will be evaluated against several criteria including, but not limited to, health and wellness theme, quality of journalism instruction, number of students, community outreach, commitment to diversity, collaboration with media and involvement of professional journalists.

About The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

About the Dow Jones News Fund
The Dow Jones News Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes careers in journalism in the digital age. Our vision is robust news media staffed by well-trained, innovative journalists who reflect America’s diversity and are dedicated to a free, strong and fair press. The News Fund is supported by Dow Jones, Dow Jones Foundation, other media companies and private donations. For more information, visit Follow the Fund on Twitter at or on Facebook at