An Intensive Institute for Journalists

November 14-17, 2010

University of California, Berkeley

Project Description

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law invite professional journalists to an intensive four-day institute on covering immigration, an issue that has become central to debates over the economy, health care, education and law enforcement.

The institute is designed to give reporters and editors an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of America’s often-divisive immigration debate and the tools to uncover new perspectives and insights backed by solid research and data.

Journalists from print, broadcast and on-line media who cover issues ranging from criminal justice to education, politics to health care, often find themselves reporting on immigrants and immigration but don’t always have a thorough knowledge of the complexities of immigration law and policy. And reporters who specialize in immigration frequently seek fresh angles and the skills to dig into data for deeper investigations. This training is designed for a broad array of working journalists who seek expertise in immigration.

The four-day seminar will focus especially on the economic impact of immigrants and on issues related to the enforcement of immigration law. We will delve into the question of the costs and benefits of immigrants to the U.S. economy and the role of immigrants in the U.S. workforce. And we’ll look at immigration enforcement strategies – at the border, in the workplace and elsewhere – the debate over federal versus local enforcement, and the way the government handles detention and due process. We’ll examine these issues in the context of immigration history and the ways that immigrants are integrated into American culture and society.

The institute will draw on our position in California – which has been at the leading edge on many aspects of immigration – and the wealth of resources at the University of California and beyond. Participants will hear from leading experts on immigration law, policy and economics, as well as top-notch journalists, law enforcement officials, community leaders, advocates and immigrants themselves. They will come away with new sources, reporting tools and story ideas to deepen their coverage and to share with their newsroom colleagues.

Berkeley Law and Graduate School of Journalism