CIIJCenter for Integration and Improvement of Journalism
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With approval from the faculty and a grant from what is now The Freedom Forum, CIIJ started in a small office with one executive director, one student assistant, an old "army issue" desk and two gunmetal gray file cabinets.
CIIJ also has maintained its summer journalism program for teens, expanded its campus job fair to a regional recruiting ground and hosts a weeklong newspaper boot camp for high school teachers.
Martinez never expected to stay for 12 years at CIIJ -- a long time nowadays in journalism-related pursuits -- and she certainly never expected to fall into a career.
One of the programs she oversees at CIIJ is NewsWatch, a project that addresses diversity issues in the media.
Martinez is the acting director of San Francisco-based CIIJ, while Charles Jackson, the current director, is on leave because of illness.