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IJJ / UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA’S GAYLORD COLLEGEFeb. 28, 2012
immigration policy front and center in this year’s political campaigns,
14 journalists have been selected to take part in a fellowship program
that challenges reporters to go beyond familiar sound bites and cover
the complexities of immigration with depth and context.
2012 Immigration in the Heartland program is being conducted by the
Institute for Justice and Journalism in partnership with the University
of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and
its Institute for Research and Training. It is funded by a grant from
the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
April 20-25 conference will feature discussions with experts, field
reporting and professional workshops at Gaylord College in Norman and in
Oklahoma City. Issues to be explored include the election-year debate
over immigration policy, the electoral impact of immigrants, the
demographics of immigration, new developments in state legislation and
the effect of federal, state and local enforcement programs.
The selected journalists, from print, broadcast and online reporting sites, are: • Graham Brewer, Oklahoma Watch• Kate Brumback, Associated Press, Atlanta• Cindy Carcamo, Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.• Kristen Hare, St. Louis Beacon• Sandra Hernandez, Los Angeles Times• Jude Joffe-Block, KNPR Nevada Public Radio, Las Vegas• Maria Martin, freelancer, NPR and Latino USA, Antigua, Guatemala• David Montero, Salt Lake Tribune• Monica Ortiz Uribe, KRWG Radio, Las Cruces, N.M.• Erica Pearson, New York Daily News• Jeremy Redmon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution• Edward Sifuentes, North County Times, San Diego.• Jessica Weisberg, freelancer, the Guardian (U.K.), Chicago• Maria Zamudio, The Chicago Reporter
Each fellow will produce an in-depth project story or a series of shorter stories about immigration.
program’s faculty includes seven IJJ senior fellows: Vallery Brown,
staff reporter at the Oklahoman; Daniel Kowalski, immigration attorney
and editor-in-chief of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin; Phuong Ly,
director of Gateway California; Kari Lydersen, Chicago freelancer;
Martha Mendoza, national writer for the Associated Press; Dianne Solís,
senior writer at the Dallas Morning News, and Warren Vieth, a Gaylord
OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass
Communication offers course work in three main focus areas: journalism,
media arts and strategic communication.
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation was established by Edith
Kinney Gaylord to support projects designed to improve the quality and
ethical standards of journalism. It is based in Oklahoma City.
Institute for Justice and Journalism, based in Oakland, Calif.,
supports in-depth reporting and commentary through professional
development fellowships and workshops. IJJ is an independent 501(c)3
organization, building on nine years of affiliation with the Annenberg
School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern
California. Its website provides reporting resources to strengthen
journalism about justice issues.
For additional information, please contact Phuong Ly, firstname.lastname@example.org or Warren Vieth, email@example.com.