Magazine article The Quill

Freedom Forum Plans Center for Minorities

Magazine article The Quill

Freedom Forum Plans Center for Minorities

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The Freedom Forum unveiled plans Nov. 13 for an innovative training institute for minority journalists. As part of the plan, the organization will also relocate most of its administrative staff to Nashville, Tenn., from its Arlington, Va., headquarters.

Construction of the $6 million facility at Vanderbilt University is expected to be finished before September, and the first training classes are projected to begin in January 2002.

The mission of The Freedom Forum Institute for Newsroom Diversity will be to help increase the number of journalists of color in America's newspaper newsrooms.

"There's never been anything like this institute that we are creating here," Charles L. Overby, chairman and chief executive officer of The Freedom Forum, told The Associated Press.

Wanda Lloyd, managing editor of The Greenville (S.C.) News and a national leader in journalism diversity, will become executive director of the new institute. …

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