March 25, 2014
Fifteen journalists have been selected for a fellowship program that will focus on challenges faced by children in immigrant families and how government policy impacts their lives.
The Institute for Justice and Journalism will conduct its annual “Immigration in the Heartland” program at the University of Oklahoma April 27-30. The training places special emphasis on the issues developing as more immigrants settle in small towns and suburbs rather than the large cities that have been traditional immigration gateways.
This year’s program will feature discussions with experts and data journalism workshops. Among the featured speakers are Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” who will discuss the increase in child migrants, and sociologist Joanna Dreby, who will talk about the differences between immigrant children growing up in rural versus urban environments.
As part of their fellowships, reporters will be working on projects that will be published by their news organizations. The Heartland fellows and their affiliated media outlets are:
IJJ organizes the “Immigration in the Heartland” conference in partnership with OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program is supported by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children.
Previous Heartland fellows have produced thought-provoking, in-depth journalism on immigration issues, including a mini-documentary about teenage migrant farm workers, a radio series on families working for slaughterhouses in the Midwest and a photo project on unreported assaults against Mayan immigrants.