Borderzine.com to host second Multimedia Journalism Academy for college instructors at UTEP

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EL PASO — Borderzine.com at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is set to host its second annual Multimedia Training Academy thanks to generous support from the Dow Jones News Fund.

The $24,000 grant from Dow Jones News Fund provides scholarships to 12 journalism professors from Hispanic Serving Institutions across the country to attend the multimedia training academy at UTEP May 20-26.  After the week of hand’s on training in the latest digital tools for producing multimedia journalism, the professors will complete multimedia assignments in the field for posting on the Borderzine.com website.

Instructors Mónica Ortiz Uribe and Doug Mitchell give a workshop on audio recording at the DJMTA 2010. (Lourdes Cueva Chacón/Borderzine.com)

Instructors Mónica Ortiz Uribe and Doug Mitchell give a workshop on audio recording at the DJMTA 2010. (Lourdes Cueva Chacón/Borderzine.com)

“The Dow Jones News Fund is delighted to partner for a second year with The University of Texas at El Paso and its Multimedia Training Academy,” said Rich Holden, executive director of DJNF. “I had the privilege of visiting last year’s program, and I was impressed with the facilities, the quality of training and the interest shown by all of the participants. I recommend the program highly.”

Zita Arocha, senior lecturer and director of Borderzine.com, said the training better prepares professors to teach their students the critical skills they need to practice 21st century journalism. “This is the only program I know of that offers high-end technical journalism skills and training to journalism professors from schools with a high Hispanic enrollment,” she said.

A team of experienced multimedia trainers working out of the Cotton Multimedia Journalism Lab will teach essential software like Final Cut, iMovie, Soundslides, Audacity, etc. Participants will go on assignment in the El Paso community to produce multimedia stories that will be published on Borderzine.com.

The application deadline is March 25. Click here to download the application.

For additional information, contact Rene Gallardo (regallardo@miners.utep.edu) or Esther Barragán (ebarraga@utep.edu).

DJMTA 2010 participants, Donna Pazdera (left) and Seok Kang (right), and instructor Mónica Ortiz Uribe pose with border patrol agents. (Christopher Karadjov/Borderzine.com)

DJMTA 2010 participants, Donna Pazdera (left) and Seok Kang (right), and instructor Mónica Ortiz Uribe pose with border patrol agents. (Christopher Karadjov/Borderzine.com)

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Stories produced by participants of the DJMTA 2010:

A day with border patrol agents in El Paso, TX.

El Paso’s voices on the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

Downtowners express their hopes for El Paso.

More than 30,000 women bowlers converge on El Paso.

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