The U.S.-Mexico border is a special, but wildly misunderstood place. For residents of  El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, the 40 miles on either side of the Rio Grande river are their own special land where two languages are spoken, currency from both countries are often used interchangeably and families cross to visit each other.
Multimedia journalism students from the University of Texas at El Paso and New York University recently teamed up to tell the story of this region in a variety of multimedia platforms  – web stories, videos and photos. Their stories give voice to the people and reality of this place that is frequently the epicenter of national news, but often misreported by reporters and pundits that have never been here.
 The 25 students worked together in the spring of 2017 and spent several days reporting and telling the border’s story. Additional stories are presented by journalism professors who attended the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy in El Paso in June 2017.