Borderzine hosts fourth annual Multimedia Training Academy

EL PASO – Borderzine is now accepting applications from journalism instructors at Hispanic serving colleges and universities for full scholarships to attend its fourth annual Multimedia Training Academy thanks to generous support from the Dow Jones News Fund.

The Dow Jones News Fund provides full scholarships to 12 journalism professors across the country to attend the Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso, May 31 through June 6. They furnish everything from tuition to housing, food and transportation.

Participants of the 2012 Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy at a video practice session. (©Borderzine.com)

Participants of the 2012 Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy at a video practice session. (©Borderzine.com)

“The program is valuable and it is serving a population reaching to Hispanic Serving institutions,” said Linda Shockley, Deputy Director of Dow Jones News Fund. “It makes a really important contribution in working with college educators to increase their skill level in this new area of digital media, and hopefully that will translate into skills for their students making them more competitive, employable.”

Workshop participants learn how to use video, audio and digital photography in storytelling to better prepare their students to produce top-notch cutting-edge journalism.

A team of experienced trainers – nationally-known multimedia consultant Doug Mitchell, Kate Gannon, former web editor for The Coloradoan, Fronteras Desk reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe and Borderzine webmaster and UTEP journalism professor Lourdes Cueva Chacón – will teach essential software like FinalCut Pro, iMovie, SoundSlides Plus, Audacity, etc. Participants will go on assignment in the El Paso community to produce multimedia stories that will be published on Borderzine.com.

“The technology is changing so rapidly that it’s essential for college teachers, especially those at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, to become competent in the high-end skills they need to teach multimedia journalism effectively,” said Zita Arocha, Director of the Academy and Borderzine, who teaches journalism at UTEP. “Thanks to Dow Jones News Fund we are able to prepare a fourth crop of teachers so they can better prepare the next generation of Latino college journalists.”

The application deadline is Friday, April 19. You may click here to download application. You may also find the application form on Borderzine.com and at the program’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/MultimediaTrainingAcademy.

For additional information, contact Angel Cancino at aecancino@miners.utep.edu.

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