How the LJP Came to Be
The first workshop was in February 2002. A year before, Northwest Arkansas educator Al “Papa Rap” Lopez and Katherine Shurlds, Lemke Journalism Project director, arranged a visit by local Latino high school students to the University of Arkansas Lemke Journalism Department where they heard from journalism students who encouraged them to consider journalism as a career.
What to do then?
Fortunately, Gerald Jordan, a journalism faculty member, had years of experience with similar programs in the Northeast. Interested faculty members came together and the LJP was born.
The UA Chancellor’s Office was the primary funding support as the project began in 2002.
Latino students visit the journalism department.
First Lemke Journalism Project
Tanya Barrientos, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, visits.
Sergio Bustos, Gannett News Service reporter, and Gilbert Bailon, publisher and editor of Al Día, visit.
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awards LJP two-year grant
Cynthia Rodriguez, a columnist for the Denver Post, visits.
Macarena Rodriguez, The Dallas Morning News, visits
Tyson Foods Inc. endows the future of LJP with a $250,000 gift to the University of Arkansas.