UTEP Hosts Multimedia Journalism Academy for College Instructors

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EL PASO – Twelve journalism instructors from Hispanic serving colleges and universities will receive full scholarships to attend a multimedia journalism academy this summer at the University of Texas at El Paso, (UTEP), thanks to a grant from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund.

“We are delighted to partner with Borderzine and the University of Texas at El Paso in the 2010 multimedia journalism training academy,” said Rich Holden, executive director of Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, which supports a variety of national journalism programs. “It’s essential that students are well-versed in multimedia as they enter the profession. This seminar will provide their professors with the tools necessary to make that happen.”

During this challenging period of transition to multimedia and web journalism, college professors attending the academy will learn how to use video, audio and digital photography in storytelling to better prepare their students to produce top notch cutting-edge journalism.  The trainers for the academy will include media professionals skilled in audio, video as well as traditional media disciplines.

Borderzine's computer lab

Journalist Nick Miller talking to students at Borderzine's multimedia lab.

Borderzine Director Zita Arocha, a senior lecturer in Communication at UTEP, said: “This grant makes it possible to train journalism teachers from across the country in cutting-edge tools and technology so they, in turn, can better prepare 21st century Latino journalists for jobs in multimedia newsrooms.”

The $23,000 grant will cover airfare, room and board, and training costs for the Multimedia Journalism Training Academy, June 6-12, 2010, held in the multimedia journalism lab at the Cotton Memorial Building on the UTEP campus.

Application forms for the training academy will be available soon at borderzine.com.

Borderzine.com is a project of the University of Texas at El Paso, with participation by the Department of Communication and the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund is a nonprofit foundation supported by the Dow Jones Foundation and other news organizations.

Contact: Angel Cancino (915) 226-2616 aecancino@miners.utep.edu; or Esther Barragan (915) 747-8475 ebarragan@utep.edu

Download the application form clicking here.

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