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Mediums of Change — Mon. March 12: 6-7:30 PM

How to translate foster care data, policy and practice into Journalism for Social Change.

Over the semester, Journalism for Social Change has explored the reasons why children enter the foster care system and what happens to them once they do. Our speakers have provided students with fodder for deep analysis of what is going wrong — and right — for children through presentations of research, policy, practice and journalism.

On Monday March 12th, we are proud to have four guests representing four different mediums that can be used to shed light on issues facing foster youth.  These are: UC Berkeley’s Rob Gunnison who spent 15-years covering government and policy for the San Francisco Chronicle; Deirdre English, former editor-and-chief of Mother Jones and the force behind the J-School’s award-winning Brink Magazine; Documentary Producer and Director Marc Smolowitz; and radio journalist Caitlin Esch.

Please join us and our guests for a conversation about how to convert what we have learned over the past six sessions into stories that drive public interest in the foster care system.

Journalism for Social Change meets every Monday at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School for Journalism from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and features state and national leaders and researchers in journalism, public policy and child welfare. Monday’s session will be held in the J-School Library in North Gate Hall at the corner of Euclid and Hearst. Class is open to the public and those interested can RSVP at

You can tune into KGO 810 Radio every Monday night at 7:35 PM to listen to a run down of that evening’s session.

Fostering Media Connections harnesses the power of journalism and media to drive public and political will behind policy and practice that improve foster care.


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