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January 2014 

In this month's newsletter you will find:

Examining Journalistic Best Practices

Promoting Urban Sustainability

January and February Upcoming International Visitors

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Examining Journalistic Best Practices
A project for Latin America
Participants in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists received proclamations from the City of Los Angeles.
Around the world journalists are at the forefront of the most pressing global concerns of our time. They are often risking their lives to report on stories from their countries so the rest of the world can know the truth behind the scenes.

Full of curiosity and the desire to obtain in depth knowledge on journalistic practices in the U.S., an esteemed group of young media professionals from Latin America visited Los Angeles as participants in the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists last month. While visiting the City of Angels they met with media outlets, civic organizations and government representatives to discuss how partnerships between these entities provide the basis for streamlined communication to the public.

After the program one of the interpreters for the group told us:

"The meeting with the Los Angeles Police Department showed a positive working relationship between the LAPD and the press corps, which was a bit of a surprise to the majority of our visitors. One, indeed, refused to believe that such a positive relationship would be possible and assumed that the meeting was staged. They were inspired by the example of Media Relations officers who were as transparent as possible and who viewed the press as possible allies rather than annoyances or enemies. Given the levels of corruption and impunity in many of their own law enforcement agencies as well as extreme public mistrust, the visitors were not optimistic about replicating the LAPD press relations model. However, they were interested and inspired to see, firsthand, how it worked."

Promoting Urban Sustainability
A project for Kazakhstan
Representatives from LADWP and the Bureau of Sanitation took Kazakh urban planners on a tour of the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
Los Angeles shares many of the challenges as other major urban centers across the globe. Faced with increasing populations that lead to increased greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions, traffic and noise, city administrations and federal governements have the difficult task of ensuring green and efficient mobility for their people.

Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world in land mass, has begun investing significant resources into smart urban design to address some of these pressing concerns. For example, the capital city of Astana is currently implementing infrastructure changes to encourage greater bike ridership amongst residents.

Last month IVCLA was proud to welcome to Los Angeles key decision makers from the Kazakhstan's major urban hubs. While in Los Angeles they met with local experts to discuss issues of common concern related to urban sustainability.

The objective of their program was to encourage transportation, health and environmental policymakers to share ideas and potentially work together to develop strategies for sustainable and healthy urban transport. These types of exchange programs, and the conversations that occur as a result, move us forward toward a world of improved urban centers and a happier, healthier planet.