Borderzine names digital pioneer as web content manager

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Borderzine, a digital media outlet dedicated to promoting diversity in media, has named multimedia editor and digital strategist Kate Gannon as digital content manager.

KateNAHJcroppedGannon has more than 25 years experience on the leading edge of change in newsrooms. She was news systems editor at the El Paso Times where she oversaw technology research and training for journalists and supervised the newsroom’s new media department for online, broadcasting and non-daily publications.

In 2005, Gannon was named new media manager of content for the Fort Collins Coloradoan where she helped develop multimedia, data and other digital strategies to successfully grow Coloradoan Media Group into the leading news and information provider in Northern Colorado. She returned to El Paso in 2011 with her husband, El Paso Times Editor Robert Moore, and has been working as a digital content and social media consultant.

“I believe Kate’s extensive experience as a journalist, new media manager and teacher make her an excellent fit for Borderzine,” said Borderzine Director Zita Arocha. “She will provide the vision, creativity and new media expertise to build on our program of providing skills and opportunities to young Latino journalists and serving the information needs of our communities.”

Gannon has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso where she also earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in bilingual creative writing. She teaches courses in audio and video production and multimedia writing at UT El Paso.

She joins Borderzine founder Arocha and Executive Editor David Smith Soto in the project, and will be building on the work of longtime Borderzine Webmaster Lourdes Cueva Chacon, who left to pursue her PhD at UT Austin.

Based at the University of Texas at El Paso, Borderzine is an innovative program and web magazine that cultivates bilingual, bicultural journalists and media professionals through mentoring and training, internship placement programs and partnerships with news media and other institutions. Students and professional contributors cover the stories and angles that are often overlooked by mainstream media, demonstrating the importance of including a variety of voices in media outlets to more accurately reflect the communities they serve.

Gannon can be reached at webmaster@borderzine.com

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