This is completely un-related to travel, however I could not resist the urge to spread the good news. My in-depth article that I wrote for News21 on employer sanctions was published in PRiNT and ONLiNE. This is the biggest accomplishment – to date – in my journalism career.
Background: I was chosen as one of 10 fellows for the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, which includes 12 universities across the nation and is headquartered at my Alma Mater: Arizona State University. I was one of two undergrads accepted into the program and was the FiRST to get my story published out of the ASU group. The summer fellowship focuses on innovative story-telling. This year there was much more emphasis on impact and newsworthiness.
The nation’s leading journalism schools come together in this unique program to experiment with new forms of in-depth and investigative reporting.
Students travel the country to report on critical issues facing our changing nation and then find innovative ways to tell those stories.
Each school spent all their time and attention investigating and reporting on a specific subject area they felt they could write about accurately.
In Arizona, our group focused on immigration issues. Being so close to the border we felt this was appropriate.
My project: It dealt with employer sanctions, which are laws that states pass in order to combat the hiring of undocumented immigrants in the workplace.
To narrow the focus and make a better comparison, I looked at two states: Arizona and South Carolina.
Both had incredibly similar employer sanctions laws. However, only one has been able to successfully educate their state businesses, enforce their immigration law, and prosecute or violate those that do not comply. Which state, you may be wondering? I’ll let you find that out for yourself. Here is the introduction to my article, which can be read online at AzCentral: