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South Coast University Launching New Effort To Train Bilingual Journalists

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Cal Lutheran officials say they are the only private university in Southern California to offer a program of this type.

A South Coast university is launching what it’s calling a unique program in Southern California to train bilingual journalists.

Cal Lutheran announced it is going to start offering a Spanish media minor this fall. Media giant Gannett is giving the Thousand Oaks-based university a grant to help start the new program.

Cal Lutheran officials say the need for more bilingual journalists is huge. They note that a study by the Pew Research Center shows that while people of color make up about 40% of the nation’s population, they are only about 23% of the journalism work force.

Cal Lutheran is the parent of KCLU Radio.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.