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New America Media’s 2012 Fellowship for California Ethnic Media Journalists
A Call for Applications

When: Nov. 1-2, 2012 (Thu & Fri)

Where: University of California Center Sacramento
1130 K Street, Suite LL 22
Sacramento, CA 95814

Who: Ethnic Media Reporters and Editors from across California

New America Media and the University of California Center Sacramento, Public Affairs Journalism Program, are partnering for a sixth year to offer an education beat fellowship program for ethnic media journalists in California, with funding support from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

This fellowship will be made up of two parts: 1) participation in a two-day training program, and 2) the publication of a story (or series) about what it means to be an effective teacher, the challenges to meeting that goal and the benefits to students.

Two-Day Training: The two days in Sacramento will be made up of a series of lectures, discussions, and journalistic training related to education coverage. Issues to be addressed include: national and state trends in measuring teacher effectiveness, the view from the classroom, and methods for researching and interpreting data. Each fellow is expected to bring a well thought out story idea to the fellowship training, and will use these sessions to better develop their story plans.

Eight fellows will be chosen for the program. Former fellows are welcome to apply. New America Media will cover two nights of hotel, travel expenses, as well as lunch for the two-day fellowship training. Once the fellow has completed their story (and it has been approved by NAM and their ethnic media outlet), and the story has been published, the fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend.


It’s All About the Teachers
NAM 2012 Education Beat Fellowship Program
UC Center Sacramento 1130 K Street, Suite LL 22, Sacramento, CA 95814

DAY ONE Nov 1, 2012

(6:00 am – 8:30 am Complimentary continental breakfast provided at your hotel)

8:30am Meet in hotel lobby to walk over to the UC Center (Conf. Rm A) together

9:00 - 9:30am Introductions, Discussion of Story Ideas
Vivian Po & Peter Schurmann, New America Media

9:30 -10:30 am How Sacramento Works—Education Policy Development at the State Level
A.G. Block, UC Center Sacramento

10:30-11:30am What is Teacher Effectiveness?
Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch at UC Center

12:30 - 1:30 pm Teaching and the Achievement Gap
Arun Ramanathan, Education Trust-West

2:00-3:00 pm Teacher Evaluations
Sergio Cuellar, Californians for Justice
Darrick Smith, Learning Works

3:00- 4:00 pm Changes in the Curriculum: Common Core
Brad Strong, Children Now
Jeannette Zanipatin, MALDEF
Iris Taylor, Sacramento City USD

4:00 – 5:00 pm Alignment
Vickie Ramos Harris, Preschool California
Elaine Cash, West Hills Community College
Kim Tran, The Campaign for College Opportunity

5:00- 7:00 pm Happy Hour. (Optional)

DAY TWO Nov 2, 2012

(6:00 am – 8:30 am Complimentary breakfast provided at your hotel)

8:30am Meet in hotel lobby

9:30 - 11:30 am School Visit at Rosa Parks Middle School

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch at UC Center (Conf. Rm C)

1:00 - 2:00 pm Teacher Perspectives
Francisco Nieto
Ed Lopez

2:30 - 3:30 pm Research and Data in Education Reporting
Bruce Fuller, UC Berkeley

3:30 - 5:00pm Story Development Workshop and One-on-One Editorial Meeting
Kathryn Baron & John Fensterwald, EdSource Today

5:00-5:30 pm Closing
Vivian Po, New America Media


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