January 1, 2015
In five years, one in three children in the United States will be from immigrant families. They are the fastest-growing group of American children and are shaping the future of our country. The educational, economic and social issues faced by immigrant children and their families — and how they impact the rest of society — will be the focus of a fellowship program organized by the Institute for Justice & Journalism.
Up to 16 journalists will be chosen to attend the conference, to be held April 7-10 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:
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 2015 fellowship is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children.
Here’s what past fellows have said about IJJ’s training:
Stella M. Chávez, KERA public radio in Dallas: “The fellowship inspired me to do better work and push myself to find stories that haven’t been done before.”
Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian: “I filled notepads with new story ideas and issues I hadn’t thought to look into before. I walked away with a long list of resources and the names of several journalists to take inspiration from.”
Hansi Lo Wang, NPR: “I found a solid network of colleagues and experts who are committed to a broader narrative about immigration in America.”
Elly Yu, Georgia Public Broadcasting: “My experience at the conference allowed me to dive into a wealth of resources on immigration reporting that I didn’t know even existed.”