Maggie de Pano Fund for Investigative Reporting on Health

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02/11/2011 - 12:00am
02/11/2011 - 11:59pm

Manila, Philippines – If you are a Filipino journalist who wants a chance to hone your skills in investigative  reporting, here’s your chance.

Newsbreak is on the lookout for two (2) more compelling story pitches for investigative reports on subjects related to public health.  The two journalists who submit the best story pitches will be selected for the 3rd round of Fellowships under the Maggie de Pano Fund for Investigative Reporting on Health.

Each Fellow will receive a total allowance of P40,000, plus travel support, while pursuing stories during the 40-day cycle.

Cycle 3 deadline and requirements

To qualify, interested applicants must submit the following by email

  • An application letter.
  • Two sample published articles authored by the applicant.
  • One or more story pitches for an investigative report on the health sector, with a brief explanation of the significance of the story, the research plan, and timetable for the investigation.
  • A letter from the applicant’s editor or publisher that he/she will be granted leave or a reduced workload for the duration of the fellowship.

The deadline for applications for Cycle 3 of the Fellowships is on February 11, 2011. Work by Fellows selected for  Cycle 3 will be from February 28 to April 22, 2011.

About the Fund

The Maggie de Pano Fund for Investigative Reporting on Health is made possible through a grant from Macare Medicals Inc.

The program  intends to stimulate public discussion on public health by supporting quality investigative reporting on related issues.

Journalists who have previously been awarded fellowships under the program are: Ana Santos (Playboy), Elena Masilungan (Women’s Feature Service), Marya Salamat ( and Edwin Espejo.

Newsbreak’s special report series on the impact of the Internet and the social media on sexual behaviors and the rise in HIV cases in the Philippines was produced by Santos under this program. (See:  Hot sex and HIV: growing, but hidingSex and the workplace and Are you into sexual networking?)

A video taken by Santos of a Pampanga health worker demonstrating a technique with a condom use that they teach sex workers has gone viral online, generating over 80,000 views. (See: Fun, smooth and easy: health worker demonstrates safe sex)

JVO winner

Maggie De Pano, after whom the fellowship is named, is a former contributor at Newsbreak with a special interest in public health issues involving women, minorities, and the mentally ill. In 2004, her article on cervical cancer won first place in the explanatory reporting category of the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

She graduated from the Medical Journalism Program of the University of North Carolina in May 2008. While enrolled in said program, she became the first international student to receive the Pfizer Minority Medical Journalism Scholarship. She currently works at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

Source via Karlo Alamares.