EL PASO – Borderzine.com has selected a diverse group of 17 online, print, broadcast and Spanish-media journalists to attend the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Immigration on the UTEP campus September 26-29.
Chosen from a diverse pool of 76 applicants from throughout the United States, those selected include freelance journalists and represent a good mix of geographic and ethnic diversity. Three UTEP student journalists will also receive scholarships to attend the workshop.
During the three-day training the journalists will learn how to mine data and access other research to develop compelling and in-depth stories about immigration in their local communities. They will also learn about immigration policy and legislation from national experts, tour the border fence, learn how border journalists cover the issue and participate in a town hall meeting with local immigrant community leaders at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe in the predominately immigrant Segundo Barrio community of El Paso.
The McCormick Foundation sponsors the specialized workshop, and it is one of several funded by the foundation each year. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participating journalists will develop and publish at least three immigration stories that will be republished on borderzine.com.
The selected participants are:
Lindsay Anderson, Las Cruces Sun-News
Fernanda Camarena, Telemundo Network
Carolina Cruz, La Raza Newspaper/Lawndale News, Chicago
Mark Collette Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Brian De Los Santos, KCRW Sonic Trace
Mario Guevara, Mundo Hispánico, Atlanta
Rebecca Kaplan, National Journal
David Laconangelo, Latin Times
Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times
Alejandra Matos, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bob Ortega, The Arizona Republic
Murphy Woodhouse, Truthout
Corinne Reilly, The Virginian-Pilot
Sarah Vasquez, The Big Bend Sentinel
Jessica Weisberg, Al Jazeera America
Colleen Wright, The Miami Herald
Maria Zamudio, Hoy Newspaper, Chicago