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New Journalism Program Receives $42,000 Grant from the McCormick Foundation to Lead Virtual Conversations with Hard-to-Reach Journalists

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's newly created journalism program has been awarded a $42,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to launch Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists. The grant will allow high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States to talk virtually with journalists who have covered news in hard-to-reach areas.

"These are journalists whom students would never otherwise meet," said Lyn Millner, who leads FGCU's journalism program and who created the project. "Students will learn how these reporters make decisions, verify information and report the truth-especially in challenging environments."

FGCU will partner with Poynter's News University in St. Petersburg, Fla., and with Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy in Long Island, NY, to produce the Face-to-Face conversations. Millner and new associate professor of journalism Rick Kenney will develop companion teaching resource materials as part of the project.

"We welcome FGCU to our grantee portfolio," said McCormick Foundation Journalism Program Director Clark Bell. "News literacy anchors our strategy of building a more informed, news-literate and engaged citizenry. We expect the FGCU-Stony Brook-Poynter collaboration will make a major contribution to the effort."

Face-to-Face is part of a national news literacy education movement, which FGCU has brought to Southwest Florida. FGCU is one of only two higher-education institutions in Florida that are formally involved with Stony Brook's Center for News Literacy.

"Poynter NewsU is excited that these conversations will be a resource for teachers from around the world," said Howard Finberg, News University's Director of Interactive Learning.

The first Face-to-Face conversation will be held in January 2012. High schools and universities may apply to participate in a Face-to-Face conversation at Poynter's NewsU:

For more information contact Lyn Millner at (239) 590-7257 or

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