Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Specialized Reporting Institute Recap: Census 2010 Boot Camp for Journalists

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The University of Michigan last month hosted a McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute: Census 2010 Boot Camp for Journalists.

The McCormick Foundation's goal with the three-day U of M workshop was to inform and prepare journalists to cover next year's Census. The participants were offered resources and opportunities to learn what impact an accurate Census can have on governance and civic engagement, and the important role that journalism plays in uncovering the resulting issues and stories.

The 25 journalists represented a diverse audience, including freelance writers and reporters and editors from NPR, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chicago Tribune's Red Eye, The Seattle Times and the Miami Herald. For more details, view the agenda, materials and photo album from the boot camp. 

The McCormick Foundation launched the Specialized Reporting Institute series in 2006 as a platform to assist journalists in their coverage of timely, sophisticated topics of interest to news audiences. We are currently reviewing applications for new workshops and will announce the 2010 series in January. To learn more about the Specialized Reporting Institutes, please visit our Web site.

Above: Robert Groves and Barbara Bryant, current and former Census Bureau directors

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