FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH LIBRARY-BASED “OAKLAND VOICES” COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENTS PROJECT.
SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 6-MONTH PROGRAM.
Martin G. Reynolds, Tribune editor – (510)-208-6433
Christopher Johnson, Correspondents Coordinator
The Oakland Tribune announces its ground-breaking pilot program and the opening of its Community Media Access Center inside the West Oakland Branch of the Oakland Public Library.
As part of this program, the Oakland Tribune is looking for West Oakland residents interested in reporting, writing, and taking photos for its community correspondents program. The 6-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of West Oakland residents.
This creative initiative will train West Oakland residents to become community correspondents and serve as the new voices in coverage of Oakland.
- The project was made possible through a major grant from The California Endowment, which will fund the community correspondents portion of the program.
- Additional support comes from the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group – East Bay and Oakland Public Library.
- Participants will be trained by professional journalists and educators through a curriculum devised by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
- The program will be run by former National Public Radio producer and editor Christopher Johnson, who has worked on “Morning Edition,” and “News and Notes.”
- Participants will walk away from this program with a new understanding of journalism, a means to express and produce their own works, and can apply the skills they have acquired in their professional and personal lives.
- Participants will be paid a $1000 stipend for completing the program.
- THE PROGRAM BEGINS MID-APRIL, 2010. Those interested should apply by visiting maynardije.org/oaklandvoices or by calling Christopher Johnson at 510-273-0210.
The When and Where:
The Oakland Tribune will hold the center’s first open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6, the same day the library unveils artist Umi Vaughan’s ceramic tile mural at its West Oakland branch, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland at 18th Street