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Hofstra University to Host Specialized Reporting Institute on Suburban Poverty

The School of Communication at Hofstra University will host a journalism workshop on suburban poverty that is part of a nationwide series aimed at helping reporters produce smart, nuanced coverage of the critical issues of the day.

The seminar for working journalists, “Poverty in the Suburbs: The New Poor, the Old Poor and the Growing Poor,” will be held at Hofstra University on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, 2013. The event  is funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

“As poverty in the suburbs continues to be a burgeoning problem, it is important to provide reporters and editors at small to mid-sized media outlets the skills necessary to cover suburbia’s rapidly changing demographics,” said School of Communication Dean Evan Cornog. ” We are delighted to partner with the McCormick Foundation and Poynter to promote intelligent, sustained, and well-informed press coverage of an issue affecting so many communities.”

Hofstra was selected as a host from among almost 60 applicants.  Six other Specialized Reporting Institutes will be held throughout the country from April through October on hot-button topics such as covering guns, Medicare, immigration reform, and sex trafficking.  Each host will produce a webinar on its assigned topic and a page of reporting resources on Poynter’s e-learning site, News University (www.NewsU.org).   Journalists who attend a workshop are required to produce significant coverage on the issue.

The free workshops, which include tuition, travel and hotel costs for selected reporters, are funded through a $710,000 two-year grant from the McCormick Foundation to Poynter, an international media strategy center and school for journalists.   The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1955 that is dedicated to fostering a strong democracy through educated and informed citizens.  It developed the SRI program in 2007 to provide a greater level of expertise and training about key issues for journalists, and the yearly workshops include a diverse group of participants across all media platforms.

Reporters interested in applying for the workshop at Hofstra can visit www.coveringsuburbanpoverty.com for more information.  More information about other upcoming workshops in the series can be found at  www.poynter.org.

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