Borderzine: Reporting Across Fronteras

We are an innovative journalism education initiative and online publishing platform that prepares young bilingual journalists for jobs in 21st century news media.

By developing a steady stream of job-ready bilingual multimedia journalism graduates, we hope to reinvigorate the national dialogue about the urgent need for diverse newsrooms that reflect our nation’s complex identity, and help shift the new voices, perspectives and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. from the borderline to the mainstream.

We Are

  • An innovative teaching newsroom that trains and mentors bilingual journalism students with the reporting, writing and multimedia skills they need to be competitive.
  • A bridge from the multimedia classroom to the newsroom that has already helped Latino journalism graduates into internships and jobs in newsrooms with companies such as ESPN, Associated Press, Gannett, Media News, ImpreMedia, The Boston Globe, Scripps Howard, Univision, Entravision, Telemundo and Al Dia News.
  • A digital publishing platform based in El Paso, Texas for young multimedia journalists writing across borders of all kinds. We have published more than 1,000 stories in English and Spanish since 2008. Borderzine’s contributors so far are from the U.S.-Mexico border region, Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico,  Illinois, Tennessee, Chihuahua City and Mexico City.
  • A critical and continuing conversation and a working model for achieving diversity in U.S. News Media.

What We Do

Student journalism training – Borderzine is the capstone course of the Multimedia Journalism program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Here, students refine their skills in reporting and producing multimedia stories and blogs. Students experience a professional newsroom environment and publish on and partner media outlets.

Internship placement –Through our extensive network for internship placement and post-graduate support, Borderzine has placed student interns with English and Spanish media outlets throughout the United States.

Program graduates – Since the program began in 2008, the Borderzine teaching newsroom has trained more than 200 Latino multimedia journalists. Alumni of the program are working as media professionals with broadcast companies, newspapers, magazines, online media, and non-profit organizations across the country.

Partnerships with Hispanic-serving institutions

Borderzine’s annual program, the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy has trained more than 60 media and journalism instructors from Hispanic-serving colleges and universities throughout the United States. Through this program we have created partnerships with University of Texas Pan American, University of Texas at San Antonio, Columbia College in Chicago, California State University Northridge, Imperial Valley College, Fullerton College, University of Central Florida, Florida International University, East Tennessee State University, and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez among others.

Media partnerships

Borderzine stories and multimedia have been republished by MSN Latino, Voxxi, Hispanic Link News Service, El Paso Times and Newspaper Tree.

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Training Workshops

Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training AcademyAnnual multimedia storytelling workshop for journalism teachers at Hispanic-serving institutions.

Journalism in July – Annual high school journalism workshop sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund.

Community Training Workshops – Hands-on training on multimedia storytelling for local professionals.

Special Projects

Mexodus – Winner of the 2012 Online News Association Award in Non-English Projects, in small/medium category

Immigration From the Border to the Heartland – One of seven specialized reporting institutes funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in fall 2013.

Immigration Reporting Workshop – All-day training seminar at the Investigative Reporters and Editors convention in San Francisco 2014.