The Institute for Justice
and Journalism has named three new senior fellows who will play key
roles in the upcoming IJJ fellowship program, “Immigration in the Heartland: The 2012 Elections and Beyond.”
The three are:
All three are helping to develop the curriculum program for the fellowship conference, to be held April 20-25 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College
of Journalism and Mass Communication. (The application deadline for the
program is January 17.) Ly has led recruiting efforts for the program
and also is managing IJJ’s new Twitter account, @ijjnews.
discussions will focus in part on how immigration and related economic
issues are affecting the 2012 election debate and how newly naturalized
citizens may impact the vote. Other subjects to be covered include
demographic trends, the controversial Secure Communities program and
other law enforcement practices focusing on illegal immigrants.
three new senior fellows will be joined on the program faculty by
Senior Fellows Warren Vieth, Martha Mendoza, Dianne Solís and Dan
a professor at OU’s Gaylord College, is the project director. Mendoza, a
national reporter for the Associated Press, and Solís, a senior writer
at the Dallas Morning News, will offer hands-on training in the use of
online databases, such as TRAC and GuideStar, and on the filing of
effective Freedom of Information requests. Kowalski, an Austin
immigration attorney and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – Daily Edition, will lead sessions demystifying the arcane word of immigration law.
The program is funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College
and its Institute for Research and Training are partnering with IJJ in
this program. More information on past Heartland programs is available
here and at the main IJJ website.