Boost your journalism classroom skills at the 2016 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy


Borderzine is now accepting applications from college journalism instructors for full scholarships to attend its seventh annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso.

For the past six years, the workshop has trained more than 70 educators from Hispanic-serving institutions who brought back digital reporting skills to their classrooms. This year the academy will expand to welcome instructors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“It is imperative educators gain hands-on experience with new technologies to present the news,” said Linda Shockley, managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund. “We expect this training will spur them to make their students skilled, competitive digital journalists.”

The Dow Jones News Fund provides the funding for full scholarships to 16 journalism instructors across the country to attend the academy at the University of Texas at El Paso, May 20th through May 26th. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop. ​

Participants in the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy practice their skills in real field assignments on the streets of El Paso.

Participants in the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy practice their skills in real field assignments on the streets of El Paso.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday April 8th. You may click here to fill out the online application form.

Participants in the academy go out on assignment in teams in the El Paso community to produce multimedia stories that are published in at the conclusion of the week. The workshop simulates a deadline-oriented, real world newsroom where instructors gain hands-on experience in how to use video, audio and digital photography in newsgathering and then how to use the latest editing software in story production. Trainers assign story topics based on border-life issues and topics, not necessarily focused on immigration. 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 Special Projects section of Borderzine.

This fast-paced, hands-on academy has a proven track record 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,” said Kate Gannon, co-director of the 2016 workshop. “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 Consultant Project Manager, Doug Mitchell; Borderzine Digital Content Editor and former Digital Content Manager for The Coloradoan Media Group, Kate Gannon; Senior Field Correspondent for Fronteras Desk and NPR Freelance Reporter, Monica Ortiz Uribe; former Borderzine Webmaster, Lourdes Cueva Chacon; and UTEP Digital Media Instructor Ramon Villa.

For questions about the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy, please feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Angel Cancino, at his cell number (915) 226-2616, and via email at, or Program Director, Zita Arocha, at (575) 642-2124, and via email 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.