Opinion | Flood or drought, we’re filling the pipeline for young, diverse talent in journalism

CalMatters and the Asian American Journalists Association partnered to connect California students with newsrooms, policymakers and scientists


“There’s not enough talent in the pipeline.” We often hear this from newsrooms when their hiring decisions don’t reflect the communities they cover. So we decided to take action.

Our organizations — nonprofit news leader CalMatters and the Asian American Journalists Association — partnered last year to create the JCal high school journalism program. It will funnel so much young, diverse talent into the pipeline that hiring managers will have no excuse.

The goal is systemic change. JCal is a long-term commitment, a partnership between journalism organizations and philanthropy, with a statewide focus. At the same time, we are training student journalists to look at the policies and systems that shape the news, and include that context in their reporting. And we’re prepared to help replicate the model in other states.

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