U.S. journalists selected for September immigration reporting workshop at UTEP

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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.

The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute will be heald in El Paso on September 26-29.

The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute will be heald in El Paso on September 26-29.

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

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  1. We wonder if there is an opportunity for those of us, who oppose Immigration Amnesty or permanent residency schemes for illegal aliens, to present. We have a bevy of tv personalities, professional bloggers, public speakers that we could send. One sided news reporting is not reporting at all. It is opinion making dressed up as reporting. I know of no presenters that are anti illegal immigration. Write us back so that we may share phone numbers, etc.
    John Stahl

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