The Ethnic and Community Press Fellowship is a program offering journalists from ethnic and community media training to strengthen their investigative reporting skills, to network with city and advocacy leaders for a more in-depth understanding of the issues, and help to expand their pool of resources. The Fellowship requires the participating reporters to generate articles on issues covered during the Fellowship, and publications to publish the stories generated by them. The Fellows receive a monthly stipend during the length of the program, an incentive which allows them to stretch their already-busy schedules to make time for the training. Often strapped for resources, publications value this program due to the support it brings to the quality of the editorial of their papers and the in-depth reporting that focuses on issues of importance to their communities. In the past, the Fellowship has covered several key issues of concern to ethnic and communites of color, including housing, labor abuse, immigration reform, language access and health care. In 2008-2009, for the first time the Fellowship had a single focus: public education and school reform in New York City, as a way of bringing concentrated coverage to their communities on education and promote parent involvement in their children's education.