Community Journalists Chosen to Attend Reporting Symposium
Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted by: Jack Lail
McCormick Foundation grant covers costs for two days of in-depth
training co-hosted by Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation and
Associated Press Managing Editors
Twenty community journalists from across the United States have been
selected to attend a two-day symposium to learn how to report local
stories and develop multimedia reporting projects on the impacts of the
economic crisis on American families.
The symposium, funded by a grant from The McCormick Foundation and
co-hosted by Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) Foundation and the
Association Press Managing Editors (APME), is part of McCormick's
Specialized Reporting Institutes program. The training takes place April
5 and 6 in Chicago at the Chicago Sun-Times.
The symposium will feature top speakers, including Richard Longworth,
senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former
national economics reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Tom Koetting,
deputy managing editor for news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, associate professor of sociology at Northwestern
University and others.
Participants will receive tools and information to help them improve
coverage of the economic crisis and its impact on families in their
communities. Follow-up webinars with symposium attendees will also be
part of this comprehensive learning experience.
More than 75 community journalists from daily newspapers under
100,000-circulation and weekly newspaper groups applied for this
expenses-paid training opportunity. Judging was done by Doug Fisher,
senior instructor and executive editor of The Convergence Newsletter,
Ernie Wiggins, associate professor, and Miron Varouhakis, visiting
assistant professor, all faculty members at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Scholarship winners include: Jen Judson, Norwood Transcript and
Bulletin, Needham Heights, MA; Skye Kinkade, Mount Shasta Area
Newspapers, Mount Shasta, CA; Dan Shearer, Green Valley News & Sun,
Green Valley, AZ; Jennifer Noblit, This Week Community Newspapers, Lewis
Center, OH; Amber Krosel, Suburban Life Publications, Downers Grove,
IL; Lindsay Betz, Sun Newspapers, Cleveland, OH; Dean Kahn, The
Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, WA; Michael Malik, The Herald Times,
Bloomington, IN; Matthew Hensley, The News Herald, Morganton, NC; and
Bob Mentzinger, Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.
Also selected were: Kevin Craver, Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL;
Bruce Krasnow, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM; Marilyn
Odendahl, The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN; Elizabeth Cooper, Observer
Dispatch, Utica, NY; Amanda Reavy, The State Journal-Register,
Springfield, IL; Melissa Griffy Seeton, The Repository, Canton, OH; Lyle
McBride, The Ledger, Lakeland, FL; Pamela Dempsey, CU-CitizenAccess,
Champaign, IL; Linda Leicht, The Springfield News Leader, Springfield,
MO; and Marga Cooley, Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria, CA.
The McCormick Foundation has served the needs of children,
communities and country by advancing the ideals of a free, democratic
society for more than 50 years. Civic health unites all aspects of the
foundation's work, from investments in human services, journalism,
civics, veterans and early childhood education, to investments that
deliver programs and services to hundreds of thousands of people through
the foundation's public park and two museums in Chicago. As one of the
nation's largest public charities, The McCormick Foundation has granted
more than $1 billion to organizations in communities across the country.
The SNA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable trust affiliated with
the trade associationSuburban Newspapers of America. The Foundation
supports community newspapers in their role as the leading local
information providers and specifically helps with the transformation to a
digital world. SNA represents nearly 2,000 daily and weekly community
newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.
APME is an association of editors at newspapers in the United States
and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster
journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training
and development of editors who run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st
Century. Any person who is the editor, executive editor or managing
editor, or holds any other title that provides for senior
responsibilities for the news, online or editorial staffs of a member
newspaper, is eligible for membership.
For additional information, please contact Mark Laskowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 601-2780.