POSTPONED – Applications open for 2020 multimedia training academy for Hispanic-Serving Institution college faculty and students


Due to safety concerns and travel limitations related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy in El Paso is being postponed. We are considering options for later in the summer. The dates are still TBD as we monitor the situation.

Borderzine is now accepting applications from college journalism instructors and students for full scholarships to attend its 11th annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso from May 29 to June 4.

The workshop has trained more than 100 educators from Hispanic-serving institutions who brought back digital reporting skills to their classrooms. This year the program is expanding to include some college students as well as previous faculty participants who are interested in working on next-level skills.  In an effort to encourage more schools to cultivate students for the Dow Jones News Fund College Internship Program, previous Multimedia Training Academy attendees are welcome to apply if their institutions have had students accepted into the internship program.

“It is incredibly rewarding to hear how much participants say their skills and confidence are boosted through this training,” said Kate Gannon, Borderzine’s digital content manager, who is director of the academy.

“Instructors are incorporating a lot of what they learned here in their journalism courses. They are sharing their training with other faculty and, in some cases, have introduced new courses and changes to update their schools’ curriculum.”

Participants in the academy go out on assignment in the El Paso community and work in teams to produce multimedia stories that are published in The workshop simulates a deadline-oriented, real world newsroom where attendees gain hands-on experience in how to use video, audio and digital photography in news gathering and then how to use the latest editing software in story production. Trainers assign story topics based on border-life issues and topics. Trainers act as “fixers” for the teams, helping to set up interviews and providing transportation and coaching in the field. You may take a look at some of the most recent stories produced in past sessions under the Multimedia Training Academy section here on Borderzine.

This fast-paced, hands-on academy has a proven track record of helping journalism educators develop their skills and confidence in multimedia journalism production.

“Instructors have told us how much they appreciate getting out into the community and doing real stories with the support of a dedicated trainer,” Gannon said. “They say it helps them have empathy for what their students are going through and gives them the confidence to make their courses challenging because they can draw from their own experience in the field.”

The team of trainers includes nationally-known multimedia consultant and NPR Next Generation Project Founder/Director, Doug Mitchell; Borderzine Digital Content Editor and former Digital Content Manager for The Coloradoan Media Group, Kate Gannon; Radio journalist, Monica Ortiz Uribe; former Borderzine Webmaster, Lourdes Cueva Chacon, a PhD candidate in journalism at UT Austin; and broadcast TV veteran Andrew Valencia.

The Dow Jones News Fund provides the funding for full scholarships to 8 journalism instructors and 8 college students from across the country to attend the academy at the University of Texas at El Paso, May 29 – June 4, 2020. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, March 27.

Click on the appropriate link below to apply:

For questions about the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, contact program director, Kate Gannon at kagannon at

Borderzine is an innovative journalism education initiative and online publishing platform that prepares minority journalists for jobs in 21st century news media, addressing the urgent need for diverse newsrooms that reflect our nation’s complex identity. Since 2008, has published rich, relevant content about the borderlands produced by multicultural student journalists at UT El Paso and partner schools across the U.S. and Mexico.

The Dow Jones News Fund is a national foundation supported by Dow Jones, Dow Jones Foundation and others within the news industry. The organization’s emphasis is on education for students and educators as part of its mission to promote careers in journalism.


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