Nowhere is the U.S. demographic shift being felt sooner and more dramatically than in schools. By 2020, one in three children will be an immigrant or have an immigrant parent. How schools are responding to the fastest growing group of U.S. children will be the focus of a fellowship training program organized by the Institute for Justice & Journalism.
Up to 18 journalists will be chosen to attend the conference, to be held March 30-April 1 at Georgia State University in Atlanta. IJJ will pay for travel and other expenses.
As part of their applications, journalists must propose an enterprise project on immigrant children and families for publication or broadcast. Each fellow will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the story project.
The conference will include:
— An interactive workshop on finding and interpreting data with Laura Speer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who oversees the Kids Count Data Center, which collects and analyzes the most comprehensive and latest statistics about U.S. children.
— A hands-on workshop on investigative techniques with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press, an acclaimed FOIA expert.
— A seminar on immigration law with attorney Dan Kowalski, a very popular teacher and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.
— A talk about the Asian American model minority myth with two former immigrant gang members and a journalist/filmmaker who has documented gangs.
— Panels about educational inequities, racial profiling in classrooms and the impact of education and immigration policies on English language learners.
— A discussion about the similarities and differences between the DREAMERs and 1960s civil rights activists and how people from those groups have joined forces in Atlanta.
Applicants must be U.S. residents (no overseas-based journalists) and have at least three years of journalism experience. Read more about our program, review the application requirements and see past fellows’ projects. Applications are due Feb. 16. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IJJ is a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit that promotes better journalism about social justice issues by providing training, funding stories and convening data hackathons. Our 2016 fellowship is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children.