Calendar Alert: Interview with Iowa Caucus Photojournalist

Covering the Iowa Caucus: Middle/High School Students/Teachers Can Engage with a Middle America Photojournalist via Free and Interactive JLILive


WHAT: Few people know the presidential hopefuls like photojournalist Andy Abeyta. Abeyta is a staff photojournalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he has covered every major presidential contender participating in the Iowa caucuses. How do photos add or detract to a story, particularly ones used to illustrate the individual voters choose as president of the United States? Abeyta will be interviewed by Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) Executive Director and Co-Founder Ed Madison, an associate professor of journalism and communications at the University of Oregon, in a live, interactive session.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 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: Andy Abeyta’s interest in photography began when he was six-years-old and blossomed in high school. He is a native of Portland, Ore., and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. In the past four years, Abeyta has won more than a dozen photo awards from Associated Press Media Editors. 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 fourth 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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