AAN Diversity Grants Recipients Announced

Two very different proposals from AAN papers received the nod for funding in spring 2010 through AAN’s Diversity Grant Program.

Random Lengths News was approved for a grant to fund Armando Segovia to assist the paper in its investigative news reporting of the paper’s large immigrant community. Potential investigations include examining the impact on this community by the area’s clean trucks program, as well as various aspects of the Mexican government’s “war on the drug cartels.” Segovia is a previous recipient of a multimedia fellowship at The Coloradoan, and also has interned at a variety of publications, including El Paso Times, El Conquistador and Al Día.

Oklahoma Gazette also received one of the two grants for this cycle for its proposal for Rachel Bradley to serve as the paper’s marketing/PR intern. Bradley, an African American student at the University of Oklahoma, will help the paper with its 2010-2011 marketing plan, writes Marketing Director Jill Brown, which “includes some initiatives targeted toward increasing minority readership and community involvement. We are currently not very knowledgeable about these emerging markets, and feel that Rachel would be an asset to the team.” Bradley has received a variety of awards for scholastic achievement, and also has worked as an event intern for The CE Group in San Antonio, Texas, and and as a teacher for the First Baptist Church Kaleidoscope After School program in Norman, Oklahoma.

AAN’s Diversity Grant Program awards two $1,250 grants twice annually. The program was instituted by the association in 2001 to help alternative weeklies hire and train top-quality minority journalists. The grants are administered through AAN’s Diversity Committee.