Borderzine’s bilingual project, Mexodus, united students from across the U.S. – México border to report on the exile of thousands of middle class Mexican families, who fled seeking shelter from the violent drug war in cities such as Ciudad Juárez.
The multimedia project was recently selected as finalist for the Online Journalism Awards by the Online News Association and the School of Communicationn at the University of Miami.
Students and professors from the University of Texas at El Paso worked in partnership with the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México, and the California State University at Northridge to develop the project.
“The use of multimedia, the power of data and social media, and the ability of journalists to integrate them to inform, entertain, and emotionally connect with readers has set a high water mark,” said ONA Board member Josh Hatch in a press release about the quality of the works submitted this year.
Mexodus will be competing in the Non-English Projects category against similar publications from Spain and Germany.
The award winners will be announced during the 2012 ONA Conference and Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 22, in San Francisco.
ONA, a non-profit membership association created in 1999, focuses on the progress of digital media and the journalist’s growing need to tell stories using all-platforms.