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Critical Thinking and Reporting With Your Heart Are Part of Journalism Education

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW Public Radio First off, I want to acknowledge the sea-change this country is about to take. Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States revealed the deep frustration of many people in this country — something very important to recognize. But his campaign, the revelations that came during it, and his statements about what may come have also made enormous swaths of this nation’s population anxious and even fearful. Our work as journalists, teachers and in providing a critically...

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Audio Academy Alums Help Educate Voters While Freshman Learns the Magic of a Great Story

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW Public Radio This has been one heck of an election season, hasn’t it?! I just want to give a quick shout out to all of the Audio Academy members past and present who contributed to KALW‘s exhaustive election coverage. Our station did more than it ever did before — and it had to, since there were so many local and state ballot measures to consider — and the training we’ve provided for our Academy fellows really helped them step up and be heard. Check out some examples: • Angela Johnston...

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Whoot! The KALW Audio Academy Experience Ranges From First Audio Feature to Oscar’s Shortlist for Doc Shorts

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in ACE Learning Center, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW Public Radio We’re about seven weeks into this year’s Audio Academy, and we’re transitioning from fundamental training to practical production. In fact, our first feature from this class reached the airwaves this month, when Cari Spivack reported on a demonstration in front of San Francisco’s City Hall, in which several people set up tents on the sidewalk to call attention to the inconsistencies with the city’s ongoing homeless policies. Cari did a really terrific job of...

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