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Latinos and Census 2000: Telling the rest of the story

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February 6 - February 9, 2002
University of Southern California/Annenberg School for Communication
Co-sponsored by Pew Hispanic Center

The first 2000 Census reports raised as many questions as it answered. It opened journalists' eyes to the tremendous growth of the Latino community throughout the country. This seminar, held just before the next wave of data was about to be released, focused on helping journalists delve deeper into what the numbers tell us about Latinos and their influence on everything from politics to education to what we eat. More specifically, experts gave presentations on Economic Trends and Self Identity; Nativity and Legal Status; Concentration and Dispersion; Latino Trends and the Census Bureau; Future Census data releases and media protocol; and Understanding Local Area Data. The seminar also incorporated a session that focused on computer assisted reporting and one on using the Census online with American Fact Finder. In addition Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, shared Census stories and their relation to journalism and Dori Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute, discussed the importance of finding the fault lines of community coverage. The three-day seminar concluded with a brainstorming session that focused on taking the information back to the newsrooms.



What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"The experts were top-notch and had great information. It was really valuable just to get to know them. Overall, a highly valuable experience, great information and really great experts. Got me pumped up to do some stories that will be better than what I've done so far."
- Mike Swift, Hartford Courant
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