NAM Reception on Education Policy and Reporting
By Ras H. Siddiqui


Glimpses of the function organized by the New America Media

The New America Media, the country’s premiere collaborator of ethnic media organizations, and the UC Sacramento Public Affairs Journalism Program held a special reception on education policy and reporting in Sacramento, California on February 27, 2007.
The event also included an opportunity of introductions for eight new recipients of fellowships in educational reporting who were here to attend a seminar in California ’s Capital City.
So what does Gabriel Martinez, a reporter for La Prensa in San Bernadino have in common with Hassina Leelaratha of The Independent Monitor/Sri Lanka Express?
And if we add to these two Gail Berkley of the Sun Reporter of San Francisco, Charles Ding of the Sing Tao Daily (LA), Robert Carlos Duran from El Bohemio News, Taesoo Jeong of The Korea Times, Gopal Kumarappan of Thendral Magazine a Tamil language publication from the Bay Area and Raymond Beltran also of La Prensa in San Diego, one can gather that NAM in many of its incorporated cultures remains well represented in this group of fellows.
This mosaic of identities had specifically two areas in mind here, namely reporting and education. And in talking with individuals in this group at this event, one could gather that they took both of these aspects seriously and remained passionate about them.
NAM is an organization whose consumer base has a potential of reaching 51 million people in the United States. The number could be higher worldwide because this writer’s own past work (for the Pakistan Link) published on the NAM website has generated responses from as far away as South Asia and the United Kingdom. A recent piece of writing was spotted by some magazine editors in Karachi, Pakistan. Journalism remains a powerful medium and as NAM targets important local, state and national issues of universal importance such as education and health care, it will continue to be heard.
NAM continues to link the ethnic media with the mainstream. It’s Media Relations Director, Pha Lo, recently co-wrote an absorbing, in-depth report about her community for the Sacramento Bee in a collaborative effort with well-known report writer Steve Magagnini. Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, NAM”s Education Projects Director ,wrote an interesting article (also re-published in Pakistan Link) titled “High School Bullies Target English Learners” offering a unique perspective on the immigrant experience amongst school kids. And these are just two examples of how NAM is making an impact.
Representation from the mainstream education-related academic, political, and media outlets certainly gave this reception a higher profile. One can hope that this program along with other such collaborative efforts will continue to grow in what is certainly becoming a New America.
(NAM’s ethnic media fellowship program for education issues is made possible by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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