InquireFirst intern awarded CASW data reporting grant
WASHINGTON, D.C. — InquireFirst intern Jennifer Lu has been awarded a $5,000 special reporting grant by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) Taylor/Blakeslee Project Fellowship Program to report on the urgent problems created by the nation’s aging drinking water infrastructure.
Lu is completing her final semester of the University of Missouri master’s program in journalism, where she is focusing on investigative and data journalism. Her professional goal is to apply these skills to stories about science, health and the environment.
In awarding Lu the fellowship, the judges noted the urgency and importance of investigative science reporting on the drinking water contamination crises now facing many cities. They congratulated Lu on a reporting plan that will dig into these issues and examine the effectiveness of practice and regulation at the local, regional and national levels.
Lu is one of five graduate students currently supported by Taylor-Blakeslee University Fellowships. The Brinson Foundation, which underwrites the fellowships, provided the follow-up grant to enable a Fellow to undertake a career-launching enterprise project. Read more
19 Latin American journalists attend inaugural InquireFirst symposiumSAN DIEGO — Journalists from Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Panama attended InquireFirst’s inaugural international investigative journalism symposium Nov. 14-18, 2016, in San Diego. The program, organized and directed by InquireFirst Executive Director S. Lynne Walker and conducted entirely in Spanish, focused on investigative journalism in the digital age. Nineteen Latin American journalists met with prestigious U.S. journalists and professors who offered in-depth instruction on digital reporting, data reporting and visualization of data, video reporting and economic models for conducting investigative reporting on a limited budget. Read more
Quinones combines sharp eye and gifted writing to chronicle life in LA communities
LOS ANGELES — Journalist and author Sam Quinones combines his sharp eye and his gifted writing style to produce a powerful chronicle of life in immigrant communities of Los Angeles in his recently published book The Virgin of the American Dream. In this unique look at a little-known side of life in Los Angeles, Quinones illustrates his text with images of murals of the Virgin of Guadalupe that he has been taking for more than a decade and which he tells readers are used by LA business owners to dissuade taggers from marring their walls with graffiti.
Quinones, winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and InquireFirst journalist, talks about his new book with Gustavo Arellano and OCWeekly. Quinones, who first came to understand the significance of the Virgin while living and reporting in Mexico, told Arellano, “I began to see how the Virgin, translated Read more