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Gay Journalists Launch Education Program For Reporters

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: August 15, 2005 3:00 pm ET

(San Antonio, Texas) The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is launching an education program to teach straight reporters how to cover LGBT issues.

The multi-faceted initiative will be named for Leroy F. Aarons, the founder of the NLGJA.

Aarons, a former national correspondent for The Washington Post and executive editor of the Oakland Tribune, died last November of cancer. He was 70.

"Roy Aarons always believed that NLGJA's goal of fair and accurate coverage would be realized by training young journalists and students," said Pamela Strother, NLGJA's executive director in a statement. "The Aarons Program builds on his vision and will help prepare tomorrow's journalist to cover complex issues of sexual orientation."

The new program will bring together all of NLGJA's education efforts, including two new features: The Educators' Toolbox, an online resource for educators who want to include sexual orientation issues in their curriculum; and the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Program - NLGJA's first scholarship.

The Toolbox, designed under the direction of Dr. Dane Claussen, Point Park University (Pittsburgh), and Barbara Raab of NBC News, is available at www.nlgja.com/education.

Details of the $5,000 Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship will be announced at the NLGJA's

Convention, Sept. 22-25, in Chicago.

Other initiatives in the Aarons Program include the NLGJA National Convention Student Project and the NLGJA Excellence in Student Journalism Award. All the resources are designed to provide tools to educators and students and help them understand and cover the complex and rapidly changing issues around sexual orientation, media and society.

©365Gay.com 2005


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