Borderzine announces selected participants for fifth Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy



Participants of the 2012 Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy at a video practice session. (©

Participants of the 2012 Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy at a video practice session. (©

EL PASO — Twelve journalism instructors have been selected to participate in the fifth annual Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy in early June at the University of Texas in El Paso.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Dow Jones News Fund, Borderzine organizes this fifth annual workshop training geared to multimedia journalism instructors who teach in institutions with a large Hispanic population.

The chosen instructors come from seven states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico:

  • Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, University of Arizona
  • Christopher Temple Northup, University of Houston
  • Jay Seidel, Fullerton College
  • Joe Hale Cutbirth, Manhathan College
  • Kirstie Elizabeth Hettinga, California Lutheran University
  • Laura Lynn Camden, Northern Arizona University
  • Michael Vincent Marcotte, University of New Mexico
  • Michele D. Mohr, Morton College
  • Richard Eugene Brunson, University of Central Florida
  • Susannah Nesmith, Barry University
  • Tsitsi D. Wakhisi, University of Miami
  • Yadira Nieves-Pizarro, Inter American University

This intense multimedia-journalism academy has a proven track record of four successful years helping journalism educators acquire a new skill set in multimedia production. “The trainers at the academy understand what educators need to learn about new and emerging technologies to better prepare their students for the fast-changing future” said Linda Shockley, Deputy Director of Dow Jones News Fund. “This quality of instruction at absolutely no cost to participants and their universities is priceless.”

The goal of this experience is to learn and practice new storytelling skills through the use of current technology. Participating instructors are expected to translate this learning into skills for their students making them more competitive and employable.

The selected participants come from different teaching backgrounds, specializing in print, photojournalism, broadcast or radio, to name a few. Since technology is changing so rapidly, it is essential for college instructors to expand their knowledge and increase their skills to teach multimedia journalism effectively. Current media organizations are looking for journalists who know more than just write, take pictures or do video.

This hands-on training also gives instructors a real life experience of how involved and time-consuming a multimedia production can be, and it gives them a chance to collaborate with other peers that are struggling with the same challenges.

Co-directors, Zita Arocha and Lourdes Cueva Chacón, the Academy trainers and the Borderzine staff look forward to this summer when they will train a fifth crop of instructors who will help to better prepare the next generation of Latino college journalists.


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