June 15, 2022 (Eugene, OR) – Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) recently received a $100,000 grant from the Roundhouse Foundation—the legacy of Gert Boyle dedicated to supporting programs that inspire and connect people through creativity. JLI will use funds to onboard 100 teachers from rural areas in Oregon into its Effective Communicators Educator Fellowship over the next two years. 

“We’re honored to partner with the Roundhouse Foundation to improve academic achievement for Oregon’s rural middle school students,” said JLI Executive Director Ed Madison.

The JLI Effective Communicators Educator Fellowship was created in 2021 and is now entering its second year. The fellowship trains middle and high school teachers to lead JLI’s Effective Communicators course in their schools. Students who participate in the program learn how to define and design who they’ll be in the world, interpret and understand media influences, distinguish evidence-based media from opinion and advocacy, essential skills for interviewing, and other critical communication skills.  

Founded in 2015 in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and College of Education, JLI empowers students to discover their voice and engage in self-directed learning through project-based storytelling. Students learn how to source credible information, identify experts and conduct interviews, write nonfiction stories about topics they’re invested in using information they’ve gathered, proofread and edit their drafts, publish their work for real audiences, and collaborate with their peers. Communication skills like these build effective communication skills that prepare young people for diverse college and career pathways. Since its inception, JLI has served more than 5,000 students in Oregon and California, working with children in grades 5-12.

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