Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy 2021 goes online with Navigating Multiple Worlds: Portraits of the children of immigrants


Two journalism students and eight journalism instructors from U.S. Hispanic Serving Institutions explored stories of children of immigrants for the 2021 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy June 5 – 10 hosted virtually by Borderzine through the University of Texas in El Paso.

See their stories here

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

Here is a list of the participants who were selected for the academy and their institutions:

  • Michele Acosta, student, California State University, Stanislaus 
  • Steffi Puerto, student, Humboldt State University
  • Pate McMichael, professor, Chico State University
  • Shannon Stevens, professor, California State University, Stanislaus 
  • Laura Kurtzberg, professor, Florida International University
  • Andrea Juarez, professor, Humboldt State University
  • Nancy Garcia, professor, West Texas A&M University
  • Corrie Boudreaux, professor, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Jeannine Relly, professor, University of Arizona
  • Lourdes Cueva Chacón (participant / coach)San Diego State University

The week-long multimedia-journalism academy has a proven track record of helping journalism educators acquire new skills in digital storytelling that they can use to help prepare the next generation of Latino college journalists for a competitive media market.

This hands-on training sent participants into the field to cover real stories profiling people about their experience navigating the multiple worlds of their immigrant families. Participants learned best practices in gathering audio and video via a series of Zoom workshops, then went out into the field on their own for a day of interviewing and gathering content. The rest of the time was spent working with trainers online to edit and produce their stories. Their work as well as that of participants published from previous academy sessions can be seen here.

The program director for the 2021 academy is Kate Gannon, digital content manager for and an associate professor of practice in the UT El Paso Department of Communication. assistant director is Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón,  an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.  Trainers are USA Today Network diversity reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe and broadcast TV veteran Andrew Valencia. Trainer and audio engineer is Selena Seay-Reynolds. Program assistant is Consuelo Martinez, a UTEP multimedia journalism major.

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