Free, four-day program in DC on Cancer Issues

The deadline is rapidly approaching to apply for our fifth, all-expenses-paid, educational program on cancer issues. The program runs from December 11-14, 2011, in Washington DC. Experts will speak on the record, with plenty of time for Q&A. Topics will include: the latest research and its implications for cervical, prostate, breast and other cancers, along with behavioral and social issues. Leading experts will discuss controversies related to screening and treatment; the agenda will include at least one field trip to a relevant location in the nation’s capital. This program is for US-based journalists. Apply by 5:00 PM EST, Monday, October 17 , 2011. Click here for more information and to apply.

An explosion of genetic understanding has opened new avenues of research on cancer, in all its complexity. Both treatment and prevention could ultimately be transformed by new knowledge of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and the molecular defects that drive cancer. We are coming to understand more and more about the association between behavior and lifestyle and the susceptibility to cancer development. This four-day immersion in cancer issues will help journalists understand the latest research and its implications for cervical, prostate, breast and other cancers. Leading experts also will discuss controversies related to screening and treatment; the agenda will include at least one field trip to a relevant location in the nation’s capital. This is NPF’s fifth on-the-record cancer issues program, to be held in Washington, D.C. December 11-14. Resources from last year’s program are here. Fellowships include airfare, lodging and most meals.   The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM EST Monday, October 17, 2011.   Applications from outside the US and Canada will not be considered.

Sixteen fellowships will be awarded to selected print, broadcast and online journalists.  Applications are encouraged from journalists who have experience covering the social, economic and societal impact of cancer, as well as those with a background in science and medical reporting. To apply:

  • Fill out the online application form.
  • Submit a letter of support from a supervisor (if you are an independent journalist you may include a letter from a previous supervisor or editor you work with frequently).
  • Submit two samples of your journalistic work.  If you’re an editor, send samples of work you have edited.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST Monday, October 17.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Applications from outside the US and Canada will not be considered. Selected journalists will be notified 2 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.

This program is underwritten by Pfizer Inc. Our guidelines for program sponsors are here.

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The National Press Foundation is a 501-c-3 that conducts free, all-expenses-paid programs for journalists around the country and internationally. Since 1976, the National Press Foundation has provided professional development opportunities to more than 5,000 editors, producers and reporters, helping them to better understand and explain the impact of public policy on readers and viewers. Programs held in the nation’s capital, around the country, and overseas bring journalists together with leading authorities to discuss significant issues ranging from agriculture and economics to politics and zoology.

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This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, Inc. and the NPF Programs Fund.

Click here for funding info.

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