18 Community Journos Get Education Fellowship
Last week, a New York City nonprofit announced that it had named 18 journalists to its Education Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship includes $6,000 for each participant, and a 10-month training program.
Gates, Rockefeller Brothers, and DBA Foundation are the funders. Click below for the presser.
NYCMA Launches an Education Reporting Fellowship to benefit 17 Ethnic and Community Newspapers in N.Y.C.
New York Community Media Alliance (NYCMA), a New York-based nonprofit organization serving over 320 ethnic and community newspapers, launched the pioneer program – “Ethnic and Community Press Fellowship - Developing an Education Beat” – on September 12, 2008. Eighteen staff reporters from 17 ethnic and community newspapers were each awarded a fellowship grant of $6,000 to participate in the 10-month long program. Fellows will meet key players in the City’s public education system and develop an education beat for their news organizations, which cumulatively reach more than half a million readers. This project is made possible with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.
“NYCMA is looking to develop an issue-oriented reporting model that can be replicated in other cities in New York State and ultimately across the country,” says Executive Director Juana Ponce de León at the orientation last Friday. “Deliberate use of this vital information network to inform parents in immigrant and communities of color can help empower them to become advocates for their children’s education.”
This unprecedented Fellowship, designed to cover the entire academic year of 2008/09, aims to open doors for reporters to gain insight on the public education system and its reforms, and to promote critical thinking around the issues, by providing an exchange platform with public officials, experts and advocates, as well as site visits to some of the City’s schools. Their reporting will enable parents to make informed decisions about their children’s academic futures.
The Ethnic and Community Press fellows are: James Fergusson (Norwood News), Rong Xiaqong, Lotus Chau (Sing Tao Daily), Shuang Liu (World Journal), Darlie Gervais (Haitian Times), Yana Wasielewski (Novoye Russkaye Slovo), Aleksandra Slabiz (Nowy Dziennik / Polish Daily News), Mohsin Zaheer (Sada-e-Pakistan), Rachel Millard (Aramica), Ari Kagan (Vecherniy NY), Mary Alice Miller (Our Time Press), Virginia Alvarado (Diario de Mexico), Peter McDermott (Irish Echo), Robert Waddell (Tiempo NY), Sujeet Rajan (Indian Express), Abu Taher (Bangla Patrika), Helen Zelon (City Limits), and Ansar Lovlu (Weekly Thikana).