Palabras del Pueblo
Writing to Raza
With Dave Weinstock
Dave Weinstock has worked around varying parts of the country’s political arenas for much of his life. After graduating from Penn State University’s School of Journalism, his first job was in legislative public relations for what was then Pennsylvania’s largest farm organization, the Pennsylvania State Grange. While there he participated in efforts to reform the state’s strip mine reclamation laws and sought higher commodity prices for the state’s mushroom and dairy farmers. He moved on to join Michigan Farmer magazine’s editorial team, covering the livestock and legislative beats, and later, rising to the managing editor’s position. He won several national and regional reporting and photojournalism awards. After completing graduate work at Michigan State University, he taught journalism and photojournalism at three state universities in Michigan and Texas. He currently serves as a board member of MeXicanos 2070 and is one of two lead administrators of its Colegio Chicanos del Pueblo.
Students who participate in this workshop will identify issues affecting Raza and their communities. They will document them with writing in various editorial forms: news and feature stories; accompanying editorials and columns and may even shoot photos. We will provide instructions of the means. Students will come prepared with three identifiable issues affecting real Raza and/or Raza communities, which they will present to a panel of workshop instructors for approval. These issues will become the subjects of the work they produce through the course of the workshop.