JCal is seeking mentors for our 2024 programAs a mentor, you’ll help students develop their stories and coach them through the process. AAJA and CalMatters will provide mentors a stipend, travel and accommodations, meals during in-person programming, and complimentary registration to #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas.

The program will take place from April to June. The mentor agreement details are as follows:

JCal Program Dates and Logistics
June 17 to June 21, 2024

Program Site
CalMatters Newsroom 
1303 J St. #200 Sacramento, CA 95814

Lodging Provided
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814.


    • Mentor 2 students
    • Assist their story development, coach through the reporting process
    • Additional support as needed, within limits

Early April to Mid-June 

    • Estimated 2 hours per week
    • Meet mentees virtually to help with story development
    • Support in scheduling legislator interview 

Note: Mentors may be assigned additional duties may arise as the program develops per the needs of the cohort. Not to be in excess of the estimated 2 hours per week. 

June 17-21 at JCal on-site intensive 

    • Estimated 4 – 8 hours a day, depending on program schedule and mentor availability
    • Attend program in-person
    • Continue support for mentees with story development
    • Serve as a chaperone for field trips and, scheduling permitted, for legislator interviews at the Capitol
    • Optional: Lead a skills or discussion workshop for JCal

Note: Mentors are welcome to perform their regular work from the CalMatters office. JCal morning sessions will feature planned workshops and discussions. Afternoons will be generally used for mentor-mentee story development


Mentor will receive the following benefits for their role in JCal:

    • Travel and lodging accommodations for Sacramento
    • Meals during the in-person programming
    • Complimentary registration to #AAJA24, the Asian American Journalists Association’s annual convention
    • Stipend of $500

For any questions, please contact jcal@aaja.org.

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