Saturday, January 24, 2004

Freedom Forum Diversity Institute convenes fifth class

"The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute welcomes its fifth class of seven journalism fellows Sunday, Jan. 25. The 12-week training program at Vanderbilt University is designed for people of color who want to become journalists but have not had formal journalism training."

"Diversity Institute fellows are people seeking a mid-career change or recent college graduates who did not major in journalism. Applicants are nominated by newspaper editors, generally in the applicant’s hometown. Participating newspapers agree to hire the nominees as full-time journalists after they have completed the program, which consists of 12 weeks of hands-on training in all aspects of print journalism — reporting, writing, editing, photography, ethics and other core values of journalism."

"The fellows also will attend the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ 'Covering the New Americans' seminar in Memphis, Tenn., where they will learn how to report on Latinos and immigrant communities."

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