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Carter Fellow Deborah Wang wins Gracie and regional Murrow awards for fellowship reporting

By Kari Cobham Senior Associate Director, Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships & Media Ask Deborah Wang about the impact of her stories and she’ll talk about helping people feel less alone. “I’ve heard numerous families say, ‘Thank you for writing these stories. This is exactly what my family has…

Paul Radu holds the Ion Raţiu Journalism Award, which he won in 2018 for The RISE Project investigative series into the underground businesses of Romanians suspected of breaking the law in Romania and Brazil. (Photo courtesy Paul Radu)

Carter Fellow Paul Radu wins $1.5M Million Skoll Foundation Award

By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Associate, The Carter Center Mental Health Program Romanian journalist Paul Radu has won many prestigious awards in his career. A 2007-2008 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, Radu won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Panama Papers, the Daniel Pearl Award,…

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Crises hit Liberia and Haiti hard. But they’ve needed mental health support long before Covid-19.

By The Carter Center Global Behavioral Health Team Less than a decade after Ebola impacted Liberia, which sits along the North Atlantic coastline in West Africa, a new threat sweeps the globe—Covid-19. Now, as it did then, The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program is working to sustain Liberia’s mental health…

Carter Center Fellow Almudena Toral at the New Mexico area of the border.  (Photo/Patricia Clarembaux)

Carter Fellow Almudena Toral wins National Headliner Awards for documenting violence against girls dying by suicide in El Salvador

By Will McCollum Carter Center Mental Health Program Intern ATLANTA — When MS-13 gang members killed her husband, the young woman living under the alias María fled to America seeking asylum. It’s just one of the tragic stories about immigrant women as victims of violence documented by 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter…

Carter Center Fellow Fiza Pirani at The Carter Center, September 2019.

Carter Fellow Fiza Pirani’s Foreign Bodies wins inaugural Substack Independent Writers Grant

Fiza Pirani, a freelance writer and 2018-2019 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, was awarded an Independent Writers Grant from email newsletter publisher Substack for her Foreign Bodies newsletter. Pirani’s newsletter, which centers on immigrant and refugee experiences with a mission to de-stigmatize mental illness and encourage personal storytelling,…

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Carter Fellow Thomas Curwen wins Columbia J-School’s Mike Berger Award

Columbia Journalism School announced that reporters from the Los Angeles Times, including 2002-2003 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism Thomas Curwen, have won the 2020 Meyer “Mike” Berger Award. [Read the full announcement from Columbia Journalism School] Curwen, a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and staff photographer…

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‘Connection, distance and empathy’: Judith Warner on the book she wished she had when her daughter hit middle school

“And Then They Stopped Talking to Me” comes at a time when the ambient anxiety of illness, job losses and economic uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 will undoubtedly affect middle schoolers’ families. But it may not be all negative.  By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Assistant, The Carter Center Mental Health Program ATLANTA…

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How Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellows are helping communities cope with COVID-19

By Kari Cobham Senior Associate Director, Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships & Media ATLANTA — Alia Dastagir was eight months pregnant when she came to the Carter Center last year for training on mental health reporting. She wondered how she’d soon balance being a mother of two, her work…

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Deadline extended for Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA (April 3, 2020) — The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is extending its deadline for applications, recommendations and the applicant letter of support to April 29, 2020, for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents. Fellows are still expected to be announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, on…

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What happens to migrant children separated from their families? LA Times’s Brittny Mejia investigates.

Brittny Mejia is a reporter on the Los Angeles Times’ Metro desk and a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. This is a lightly edited version of the informal essay Brittny submitted for her fellowship application, republished with her permission. Links have been added for context. Fellowship applications…

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An ongoing list of COVID-19 mental health resources for journalists and you

UPDATED May 5, 2020 ATLANTA — Carter Center mental health journalism fellows have been reporting on the mental health impact of COVID-19. You’ll find here their reporting, mental health resources for journalists covering the pandemic and for the general public impacted by the virus. We are continuing to update this…

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Carter Fellow Alia Dastagir wins award from American Association of Suicidology

The feedback Alia Dastagir gets as a woman reporter can get abusive, she says. It’s part of what makes being recognized for her mental health reporting sadly stunning, but also even more gratifying. In March, the American Association of Suicidology awarded Dastagir, an enterprise reporter at USA Today and 2019-2020…

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Applications open for Latin American 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana, in association with the Gabo Foundation, are now accepting 2020-2021 applications for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America. Bogotá, Colombia — Applications are now open for two fellowships for Latin American journalists who investigate and produce…

The National senior reporter Nick Webster, left, discusses his mental health reporting work at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applications open for UAE’s 2020-21 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The fellowship program aims to develop a diverse cohort of journalists who effectively report on behavioral health. Applications will be accepted until the end of April. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism UAE program is accepting applications for its 2020-21 intake of two…

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Carter Fellows’ work featured in Open Notebook’s “The Craft of Science Writing”

By Iain Smith Carter Center Intern ATLANTA — Three Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellows have had their work featured in The Open Notebook’s latest book, “The Craft of Science Writing.” In the book, The Open Notebook pooled a collection of articles to educate scientists and science journalists on science…

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Join #CarterFellowsChat to learn more about our mental health journalism fellowships

Carter Fellows and a longtime adviser will take live questions about the fellowships, applications and more.  UPDATED March 5, 2020: We missed you at #CarterFellowsChat! Tap on the tweet below and then on each question to see tips for applying from fellows Aneri Pattani and Christine Herman, and longtime Journalism…

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“We have come a very long way”: Carter Fellow Marion Scher shares her experience covering mental health in South Africa

By Will McCollum NAIROBI, Kenya — Fifteen years ago, Marion Scher wanted to understand how stigma around mental illness affected black and white communities in rural and urban South Africa. A veteran journalist, she spent time as a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow in Johannesburg talking to children with…

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KQED’s April Dembosky talks about her gut-wrenching investigation into women with postpartum psychosis who kill their children.

2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow April Dembosky takes us behind-the-scenes and into her investigation on postpartum psychosis. Her story aired on KQED on February 6, 2020. Read and listen here. It also ran in Mother Jones and the Mother Jones podcast. By Kari Cobham Senior Associate Director Postpartum…

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Carter Fellow Deborah Wang shares recommendations for reporting on suicide

2018-19 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow Deborah Wang shares recommendations for reporting on suicide from her fellowship training, reporting and research. Deborah is a contributing reporter at KUOW Public Radio and host of the SoundQs podcast. Read and listen to Deborah’s mental health reporting during her fellowship year here….

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She tried everything to treat her complex PTSD. Now she’s writing a book to help others—and herself.

Stephanie Foo is a writer, radio producer and a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. This is a lightly edited version of the informal essay Stephanie submitted for her fellowship application, republished with her permission. Links have been added for context. The deadline for fellowship applications has been…