12 Journalism professors selected for Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy 2017

Twelve journalism instructors from Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been selected to participate in the eighth annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy in June at the University of Texas in El Paso. Thanks to a grant provided by the Dow Jones News Fund, Borderzine organizes this annual workshop training geared to multimedia journalism instructors who teach in institutions with a large minority population. Here is a list of the 12 instructors who were chosen and their institutions:

Jon Beaupre, California State University, Los Angeles
Toni De Aztlan, Northern Arizona University
John Gonzales, California State University, Long Beach
Wendy Moore, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Cleo Allen, Dillard University
Brad Mello, Saint Xavier University
Jennifer Thomas, Howard University
Jennifer Erdely, Prairie View A&M University
Pam Frederick, Hunter College
Mariam Betlemidze, California State University, San Bernardino
Maria de los Angeles Flores, University of Texas at El Paso
Alexandra Hinojosa, El Paso Community College

The week-long multimedia-journalism academy has a proven track record of seven successful years helping journalism educators acquire a new skills in digital storytelling that they can use to help prepare prepare the next generation of Latino and African-American college journalists. “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 news reporting using a variety of digital equipment, software programs and platforms. Participating instructors are expected to translate this learning into training for their students, making them more competitive in the media industry.

Border-inspired writer wins 2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

Natalie Scenters-Zapico, who was an undergraduate Creative Writing major at UT El Paso, has won the prestigious 2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, for her collection of poems “The Verging Cities.”
“From her undergraduate writing career at UTEP, she went on to become a fully-funded graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and is now one of our country’s most literarily-recognized emerging writers,” said Sasha Pimentel, assistant professor of poetry and creative nonfiction at UTEP. Judges for the award said the collection, published by the Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University,  shows Scenters-Zapico is an “an important emerging poet whose formal and tonal range in The Verging Cities is impressive and disarming.” Scenters-Zapico’s style brings the border to life, the judges wrote:
“Her voice is honest, engaging, and complex as she explores the liminal space of the U.S./Mexico border with vivid imagery that moves fluidly between Juárez and El Paso. At times both tender and funny, she writes so that the border becomes not just an idea, but a rich and real world. With poems that are as intelligent as they are urgent, Natalie Scenters-Zapico offers a necessary poetic voice in these perilous times.”

Tell us what you think about telenovelas

Statistics show that many Latino millennials are changing Spanish-language TV – by no longer watching telenovelas as former generations did. Borderzine is conducting a short online survey in both Spanish and English (your choice) to get your thoughts on the telenovela style of TV shows. Just select either link, take the short survey, and we will publish the results when they are finalized. English

Ice rinks top attractions in desert holiday outings

Ice skating and festive lights mark the start of the holiday season in El Paso in two popular locations. WinterFest is an ongoing event in the Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas featuring lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and  an new outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre. “As San Jacinto Plaza once again lights up for the winter season, we wanted to enhance the downtown visitor’s experience and create a new holiday tradition,” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager of Destination El Paso. WinterFest runs until Jan. 8.

New leadership training program recruiting Latinas to empower their communities

By Veronica Martinez
EL PASO – A soon-to-be-launched leadership development program called L.E.A.D. (Lead, Educate, Advocate, Develop) is recruiting Latinas who are committed to developing leadership skills to address socio-economic and educational needs of El Rio Grande region for an eight-month program next year. The project between several UTEP programs and the local non-profit organization Wise Latinas aims to identify 10 regional women with drive and initiative who wish to empower their communities and become community leaders, say the organizers. “We’re looking for people who are not just interested in themselves, but people who have the quality of thinking about how to improve the lives of others,” said Dr. Guillermina Nuñez, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and a member of the L.E.A.D. planning committee. Other organizers of the training are Dr. Areli Chacon, UTEP director of the master’s program of Leadership Studies, Cynthia Marentes, director of Community Engagement at UTEP, and Liz Chavez, president of Wise Latinas International.  Participants will meet once a month for a one-day training workshop with experts and academics who have expertise in developing budgets, fundraising, project design, media outreach, conflict resolution and dressing for success.

Borderzine director Zita Arocha inducted into NAHJ Hall of Fame

By Rene Delgadillo, UTEP Prospector
UTEP Associate Professor of Practice Zita Arocha was inducted to the NAHJ 2016 Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 5, for her journalism career and for serving Hispanic and Latino students. “I think it is a huge honor for UTEP because it really focuses attention on what we’ve done there over the last 14 years, and by that I’m talking about the whole team in our department,” Arocha said. “I feel really blessed and privileged to have had the opportunity to spend 14 years for preparing the next generation of bilingual, bicultural journalists. At the ceremony Arocha said, “ if you don’t know about UTEP, it’s scrappy little school on the border, we kick butt, we really do.”
Arocha, a former NAHJ executive director and current director of multimedia web magazine borderzine.flywheelsites.com, said her students give her the strength to continue each day.

El poder del bilingüismo de acuerdo a tres jóvenes profesionales

Por Raquel Venado Bolaños

Patricia Ramos, Pilar Canchola y Sally Rodríguez no se conocen, pero tienen dos cosas en común: acaban de culminar sus estudios en Columbia College Chicago y son primera generación méxico-americanas. Como la mayoría de los inmigrantes, los padres de las tres nuevas profesionales dejaron México en busca de mejores oportunidades. Los de Ramos fueron a El Paso, Texas, mientras que los de Canchola y los de Rodríguez llegaron a Chicago. Ramos, Canchola y Rodríguez crecieron con el español como primer idioma. Patricia Ramos, de 23 años, describe a El Paso como un lugar en el que se habla mucho spanglish.

Machismo con trapeador

Por Jocelyn Soto

Creo que puedo hablar por muchas de las mujeres latinas cuando digo que desde niñas tenemos un sueño en común: llegar al altar con un vestido blanco, largo y brilloso y con nuestro príncipe azul al lado. Pero no vivimos en un cuento de hadas donde llega un hombre perfecto a rescatarnos. Inválidas no somos. Recuerdo que desde muy chica me gustaba que mi mamá y mi abuelita me contaran cómo cada una había conocido a su príncipe azul (mi padre y mi abuelo), la boda, y cómo era su vida después de casadas. Ahora ya más madura veo la vida diferente, en la que el rol de la mujer en el matrimonio cambia entre las generaciones y depende del lugar donde viven, aunque no lo crea.