Calendar Alert: Interview with California Wildfire Reporter

Middle/High School Students/Teachers Can Engage with a Chico Journalist


WHAT: How do you track down sources to cover a fast-moving wildfire and its aftermath? What environmental and human issues arise in recovery? What credentialing does a journalist need to be assigned the wildfire beat? Chico Enterprise-Record Reporter Camille von Kaenel will be interviewed by Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) Executive Director Ed Madison, an associate professor of journalism and communications at the University of Oregon, in a live, interactive session. Von Kaenel will also discuss the difference in working at for-profit and non-profit media outlets as half her salary comes from a Report for America grant.

Camille von KaenelWHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 9:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

WHERE: The livestream is accessible to middle and high school students and their teachers by registering at through a partnership with Streamable Learning.

WHO: As a wildfire reporter, Camille von Kaenel covers Camp Fire recovery in Chico, which is the deadliest, most destructive and expensive natural disaster in California history. With concern about wildfire growing internationally with recent fires raging in Australia and the Amazon region of Brazil, what does the average person need to know about the information they’re accessing? Von Kaenel has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Geneva, and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. Madison was a founding producer at CNN and began his media career while in high school during the height of Watergate.

DETAILS: This is the third in a series of JLI Live sessions leading up to the 2020 presidential election featuring millennial journalists. JLI Live is made possible through a generous gift from Nancy and David Petrone.

About JLI: A nonprofit since 2015, in collaboration with University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and College of Education, the JLI empowers students to discover their voice, improve academic outcomes, and engage in self-directed learning through project-based story telling. Since its inception, JLI has helped nearly 4,500 young people in Oregon and California succeed. For more information, email

About SOJC: With a century-long history, The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country, the only accredited comprehensive journalism program to include advertising and public relations in the Northwest, and one of only 112 accredited programs worldwide.

About Streamable Learning: Interactive livestreams are designed to connect subject-matter experts and students to supplement existing lessons plans and revolutionize distance learning for schools, districts, and home schools. Streamable Learning hosts more than 500 livestreams annually in the United States and Canada with key clients the Chicago and South Carolina public school districts.

Contact: Sydney Clevenger, (503-449-6580),

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