The Final Call's Charlene Muhammad named recipient of New America Media's 2009 Stimulus Watch Fellowship


Charlene Muhammad, Western Region Correspondent for the Final Call Newspaper and Los Angeles Sentinel contributor and columnist ("With These Hands"/Religion Section) was recently named a recipient of New America Media's 2009 Stimulus Watch Fellowship for Ethnic Media Journalists.

Ms. Muhammad and the other fellows, from diverse publications across the country, will use the fellowship to document the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the ethnic communities served by their publications.

More specifically, Ms. Muhammad will investigate equity issues in the employment, education, and housing sections of the Recovery Act.

"I've always considered it a privilege and a blessing to have a platform from which to produce news and information that educates, enlightens, informs, and uplifts our community. I believe that winning this fellowship from New America Media will strongly enhance that work. I am grateful to NAM for spearheading such an important project and for the opportunity to be a part of it. This is a time of struggle like our people have never experienced before. Although the Stimulus Package doesn't hold all of the answers to the issues facing the Black community, it does hold some financial assistance and I look forward to finding out what that assistance is, how it has been used so far, and how it can be accessed," Ms. Muhammad said.

The fellows will convene in Washington, DC November 12 and 13 for an extensive training on the stimulus, where they will meet national policy-makers, leading investigative and business journalists, policy advocates, and researchers. NAM will disseminate stories produced by the fellows to ethnic and mainstream media partners and nonprofit collaborators through NAM’s news wire.

The other fellowship recipients are: Linnie Bailey, Black Voice (Corona, CA), Marcony Almeida Barros, The Brazilian Journal (Boston, MA), Edwin Buggage, New Orleans Data News Weekly (New Orleans, LA), Maya Lolbe Corona, Rumbo (Houston, TX), Charles Ding, Sing Tao (Los Angeles, CA), Christina Fresquez-Pizzaro, El Seminario (Lakewood, CO), Khalil AlHajal, Arab American News (Dearborn, MI), Charles Hallman, The Spokesman-Recorder (Minneapolis, MN), Victor Merina, RezNet (Missoula, MT), Cristina Pastor, Philippine News (New York, NY), Eva Sanchis, El Dario/La Prensa (New York, NY), Mohsin Zaheer, Daily Khabrain (New York, NY).

The Fellowship is underwritten by a grant from the Open Society Institute. New York fellows were selected in partnership with the New York Community Media Alliance.

The stimulus package represents the largest public investment in our economy since the Great Depression,” said NAM Executive Director Sandy Close. “This fellowship will help ethnic media journalists inform members of their communities about opportunities arising from the Recovery Act, monitor how the money is spent, and report whether their community is benefiting from the stimulus or being left behind.”

More information about NAM's Stimulus Watch can be found at www.newamericamedia.org.

(Charlene Muhammad, a wife and mother of two, is a print, broadcast and Internet journalist. She is the Western Region Correspondent for the Final Call Newspaper [www.finalcall.com] a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Sentinel, and Associate Producer of "Front Page with Dominique DiPrima," a talk radio show heard daily from 4:30-6:00 A.M. on KJLH Radio/102.3-FM [www.kjlhradio.com]. Ms. Muhammad can be reached at http://charlene.blogs.finalcall.com, and http://www.facebook.com/charlene.muhammad)

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