Alhambra Source introduces Reporter Corps

Alhambra Source and USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative are thrilled to introduce our first Reporter Corps class.

Reporter Corps will train young adults in journalistic ethics and practice, multimedia storytelling skills, and how their local government works so that they can report on their own community. The first class, which begins in October 2012, will publish stories on Alhambra Source and receive training and support from professional journalists and researchers. Reporter Corps is made possible with the support of USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the McCormick Foundation.

We welcome the following young people who were selected based on their connection to Alhambra, growth potential, and determination to address social issues within their community:

Javier Cabral, 23"I am eager to be a part of Reporter Corps and to explore the west San Gabriel Valley’s diverse suburban culture, the music scene and, most of all, the unique ethnic dining."

Alfred Dicioco, 21"As a member of this program, I look forward to initiating conversations about improving arts education in the district, reaching out to the underrepresented minorities in our community, and exploring the degree of assimilation amongst first-generation immigrants like myself who moved to the US as a teenager."

Jane Fernandez, 22"As a community member and student journalist, I am excited to be part of Reporter Corps because I get to write about issues that concern me and those who live around me, as well as receive feedback on my writing and learn new skills and techniques for reporting and writing." 

Albert Lu, 19"My interest in journalism revolves around my interest in history. A journalist is more than just a watchdog; he or she records significant moments in our time that, in turn, educates future generations."

Irma Uc, 24"I am very excited about joining this program that is not only allowing me to pursue something I really have a passion for, but is also going to guide me on how to become a better journalist."

Esmeé Xavier, 23"For me, it has certainly been a challenge and an adventure living the post-college life, and I'm glad that Reporter Corps will give us a platform to tell our stories and our neighbors' stories."

Reporter Corps members will be paired with mentors. We would like to thank the following journalists for their commitment: Tami Abdollah (KPCC), Ashley Alvarado (KPCC), Kim Bui (KPCC), Cheryl Guerrero (LA Times Community News), Jennifer Hoche (Hollywood Reporter), Jesse Katz (Author, The Opposite Field), Ron Lin (LA Times), Claudia Núñez (La Opinion/ Stanford Knight Fellow), Lauren Whaley (California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting).

Please join us to celebrate and show our support for the new Reporter Corps members and mentors on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7pm. All are welcome!

Spirit House Lounge123 S. Lincoln Avenue2nd FloorMonterey Park, CA 91755

For more information: Reporter Corps

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