I used to think of the 4-H Program as a place for kids to learn how to raise pigs or shear sheep—but no longer! Renaissance Journalism is partnering with the 4-H Program of Imperial County to help young people in that desert community learn multimedia storytelling skills. Our goal is to empower young people with the ability to tell their own stories using 21st century media tools and techniques.
These are Trumpling times for journalists in America. They failed to detect the extent of candidate Donald J.Trump’s appeal to voters, and so they utterly miscalled last November’s presidential election. They have been trampled over by a combative and unpredictable President Trump and his lieutenants, who castigate the news media as “dishonest” liars, “opposition” conspirators and “a failing pile of garbage.” And they are befuddled by the fact that many people don’t care about facts and seem more willing to accept “alternative facts” and fake news. So how do journalists respond?
Journalists in our Equity Reporting Project have examined a diverse range of issues that are shortchanging students of quality educational experiences, but one group stands out as particularly overlooked: students in so-called “court schools.” Describing them as a “captive audience,” a team from San Francisco-based New America Media reports that with few exceptions, local and national educational reform efforts have virtually failed to address the needs of youth attending schools within juvenile justice facilities.