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The Bakersfield Californian recently took on one of the most ambitious health care quality projects I have seen attempted by an outlet outside of the really big markets. One reporter, Kellie Schmitt, wanted to answer two questions: whether most of the doctors in Kern County were from another country and whether that mattered.

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Brad Duncan is program coordinator for the Foster Youth Mentoring Project, or FYMP, a program run out of the chancellor's office of California Community Colleges. FYMP is administered by AmeriCorps and recruits community college students to mentor former foster youth and recently emancipated foster youth. Student participants provide 450 hours of service over a 9- to 12-month period and, upon successfully completing their term of service, are eligible to receive a $1,250 post-service educational award to offset future educational expenses.


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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