Apply now for 2021 multimedia training academy for Hispanic-Serving Institution college faculty and students


Borderzine is now accepting applications from college journalism instructors and students for full scholarships to attend the 11th annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at June 5-10. This year the academy will be conducted virtually with participants reporting from their home communities and working closely with skilled trainers on a variety of digital storytelling techniques.

The workshop, based at UT El Paso, has trained more than 100 educators from Hispanic-serving institutions who brought back digital reporting skills to their classrooms. After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the academy is back in an online format designed to deliver the same unique reporting project experience and power-up journalism education skills.

“We’ve learned so much about teaching and doing journalism from anywhere this year,” said Kate Gannon, Borderzine’s digital content manager, who is director of the academy. “In addition to building a foundation of multimedia skills for attendees, our trainers are eager to share best practices and new techniques that academy participants can bring back to their classrooms or to their work as student journalists.”

This year the program is expanding to include some college students as well as previous faculty participants who are interested in returning to the academy to work on next-level skills.  Previous Multimedia Training Academy attendees are welcome to apply if their institutions have had students accepted into the Dow Jones News Fund College Internship Program.  

“We often hear from participants that they would like to come back to the program to work on something different. Offering a chance to repeat is a reward for those who have been able to help their students be competitive enough to earn a Dow Jones News Fund internship,” Gannon said.

The deadline to apply is has been extended to midnight on Saturday, May 15.

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Participants in the academy go out on assignment for a group reporting project and produce multimedia stories that are published in The workshop simulates a deadline-oriented, real world newsroom where attendees gain hands-on experience in skills for video, audio and digital photography in news gathering and using editing software in story production. Trainers and mentors provide skills training and coaching throughout the project. You can see 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 Kate Gannon, a professor of practice at UT El Paso and Borderzine’s digital content manager; broadcast TV veteran Andrew Valencia; San Diego State University assistant professor Lourdes Cueva Chacon; radio journalist, Monica Ortiz Uribe; and others.

The Dow Jones News Fund provides the funding for full scholarships to 8 journalism instructors and 4 college students from across the country to attend the academy 

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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