Community Journalists Chosen to Attend Reporting Symposium On Impacts of the Economic Crisis on Mental Health
McCormick Foundation grant covers costs for two days of in-depth
training co-hosted by Local Media Association Foundation and Associated Press Media
Community journalists from across North America 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 great recession on mental
The symposium, funded by a grant from The McCormick Foundation and
co-hosted by Local Media Association (LMA) Foundation and the Association Press
Media Editors (APME), is part of McCormick’s Specialized Reporting Institutes
program. The training takes place July 16 and 17 in Chicago at the Chicago
The symposium will feature top speakers, including Marian Saulino,
CEO of Community Interaction, Inc. and co-creator of Values into Action, Tom
of client relations, and Kevin Orland, U.S.
Consumer Team deputy leader, of Bloomberg News, Alex
Richards of the Chicago Tribune, Tom Koetting, deputy managing editor
for local news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jack Doppelt,
journalism and media ethics professor at Northwestern University’s Medill
School and others.
Participants will receive tools and information to help them
improve coverage of the economic crisis and its impact on the mental health of
people and services in their communities. Follow-up webinars with symposium
attendees will also be part of this comprehensive learning experience.
Dozens of community journalists from daily newspapers under
100,000-circulation and weekly newspapers and groups applied for this
expenses-paid training opportunity. Judging was done by Gene Policinski and his
colleagues at the First Amendment Center.
Scholarship winners include: Eric Vreeland, News Sentinel,
Knoxville, TN; Barb Ickes, Quad-City Times, Davenport, IA; Melissa
Westphal, Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL; Amritha Alladi, The
News-Star, Monroe, LA; Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald,
Brownsville, TX; Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, IA; Kevin
Lyons, Northwest Herald, Chrystal Lake, IL; Larry Hendricks, Arizona
Daily Sun, Flagstaff, AZ; and Karrey Britt, Lawrence Journal-World,
Also selected were: Holly Wise, Killeen Daily Herald,
Killeen, TX; Conrado Sluggo Rigor, Filipino-American Bulletin, Seattle,
WA; Stephanie Porter-Nichols, Smyth County News & Messenger, Marion,
VA; Anne Neborak, News of Delaware County, Holmes, PA; Kate Pastor, The
Riverdale Press, Bronx, NY; Skye Kincade, Mount Shasta News, Mount
Shasta, CA; Claire Paridis, Arrow Lakes News, Nakusp, British Columbia;
and Saerom Yoo, Statesman Journal, Salem, OR.
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 LMA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable trust affiliated
with the trade group Local Media Association. The Foundation supports community
newspapers in their role as the leading local information providers and
specifically helps with the transformation to a digital world. LMA 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 email@example.com
or (843) 667-6647.