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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.