Rise Up: Be Heard


Rise Up: Be Heard is a journalism fellowship that gives young people living in California’s most underserved areas an opportunity to report on issues affecting health in their community. Our goal? To raise awareness and empower a new generation of journalists and community advocates through training, mentorship, and a platform to amplify their stories.

The fellowship is made possible through a partnership with The California Endowment.

The fellowship consists of the following:

Training: Our training lineup covers journalism and production fundamentals, giving fellows a foundation to produce compelling, impactful stories with high journalistic standards.

Mentorship: In addition to working closely on assignments with an editor, each fellow is given a mentor—a seasoned reporter or editor culled from Fusion’s award winning editorial staff—who can act as a sounding board and offer professional advice and guidance throughout the fellowship.

Reporting: Our fellows are encouraged to take a deep dive on one or two health topics by filing multiple stories per month, and developing a body of published work on their issue area over the course of the fellowship.

Incentives: The fellowship is built to accommodate youth and young adults who have a lot going on—most of our fellows are either working or attending school full time. To make things easier, our fellows receive a monetary stipend to support their participation in the program, and travel and lodging expenses are fully covered for the occasional travel required for group meetings, trainings and events. Access to video equipment, laptops and editing software for completion of assignments is also provided.

For inquiries, please email: fellowship@fusion.net

Recent Stories

The Mentors

Kimberly Brooks

Dax Tejera

Danielle A. Friedman

Adam Weinstein

Mark Lima

Joyce Tang

Laura Wides-Muñoz

Connie Fossi-Garcia

Kristen V. Brown

Our 2016 Rise Up: Be Heard Journalism Fellows

Montse Reyes

Michael Wafford

Betty Marquez

Kody Stoebig

Symone Jackson

Daniel F. Jimenez

Tyree Boyd-Pates

Maria Marcelina Crystal Vega

Kristian Castro

Myles Bess

Gabriela Espinal

Cecilia Chavez

Uriel Lopez

Jacob Patterson


Jacob Simas

Michelle Zenarosa

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