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.

Storify: Social media reflections on pope visit to Juarez

Borderzine photographer Jorge Salgado created this Storify collection of the buzz on both sides of the U.S., Mexico border when Pope Francis visited Juarez Feb. 17, 2016. [View the story “Jorge Salgado looks back on #PapaEnCDJ for #Popezine” on Storify]

And Borderzine reporter Eragdi Macias shared highlights from her classmates’ coverage of the day. [View the story “My classmates favorite tweets #Popezine ” on Storify]

Borderzine Director Zita Arocha named to National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame

The  National Association of Hispanic Journalists this week named Borderzine founder and director Zita Arocha a 2016 Hall of Fame inductee for making a difference for Latinos in the newsroom. Arocha, an associate professor of practice teaching journalism at UT El Paso, is former executive director of NAHJ. “Zita has been the soul of NAHJ and continues to be a beacon for diversity and journalism,” said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ President. “Zita not only helped lead NAHJ in its early days, but she has been committed to training and developing hundreds, if not thousands, of Latino journalists. She has been a leader in journalism on the border, developing a platform for stories that are uniquely situated for the region and necessary for the country and world.”

This year, the NAHJ board of directors voted to induct four individuals, one posthumously.

Borderzine now accepting applications for Journalism in July 2016, a summer multimedia workshop for high school students

Borderzine is accepting applications from El Paso area high school juniors and seniors for full scholarships to attend the 14th annual Journalism in July (JIJ) workshop at the University of Texas at El Paso. The dates are July 10 – 16. Fill out the application form here. Over the last 13 years, the workshop has provided journalism training to more than 200 students from high schools in the El Paso–Ciudad Juárez–Las Cruces area.  A goal of the workshop is to encourage high school students of diverse backgrounds who are already interested in journalism to pursue future studies and careers in news media and communication.  The fast paced one-week training includes a variety of hands on workshops in basic journalism reporting and writing skills, media ethics and digital video, audio and photo production.

Politicians, scientists discuss widespread U.S. water issues at White House summit

By Luke Torrance,

WASHINGTON – The United States does not have a major water problem – it has several major water problems.

That was the realization of Jeffery Lape, the deputy director of science and technology at the Environmental Protection Agency, after meeting with officials from several states over the past year. California is in the midst of an historic drought. Rivers in the Pacific Northwest have become hotter, harming salmon populations. Cities around the country are facing the same problems as Flint, Mich.: contaminated water and deteriorating distribution systems.

So Lape gathered groups from across the country March 22 for the White House Water Summit. The meeting was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.

Do you have what it takes to beat Disaster Room 915?

The clock is ticking and you have just 60 minutes to complete your mission in order to stop a major disaster. Multimedia reporter Sarah Montelongo takes a look inside El Paso’s Disaster Room 915, where groups take on the challenge to decode clues and solve puzzles to save the world.  

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Why crowdfunding a data journalism lab in El Paso is so important

Since 2008, has told the stories of the people and culture of the Borderlands reported by multimedia student journalists at UT El Paso. In 2012, Borderzine was honored by the Online News Association for Mexodus, an unprecedented bilingual special project that documented the flight of people and businesses from Mexico during the peak of drug cartel violence. Now, Borderzine is partnering with professional newsrooms in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez to develop a Border Data Journalism Lab to be based at UT El Paso to build local expertise in using digital tools to examine the systems and policies affecting our region

As more and bigger data are being collected by governments and organizations it is increasingly important for journalists to be able to obtain, clean, analyze and present information in this digital world. And, in our location on the U.S.-Mexico border, data journalism can be a powerful tool in telling the stories of the border and a changing America. For example, data journalists could examine issues in health care access and the impact of chronic illnesses on the border to better identify challenges and potential solutions in health disparities between Latinos and other populations.

Q &A at UTEP with Dr. Michael Mason – Director, Smithsonian Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage

As director of the Smithsonian Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C., Michael Mason helped facilitate the donation to UTEP of an authentic Lhakhang, a former Bhutanese temple now located at the center of campus. Mason visited the University of Texas at El Paso campus Nov. 17 to present the last Centennial Lecture of 2015 at the Undergraduate Learning Center.  His talk was titled, “Cultural Sustainability,” and touched on how to keep alive global cultures that are in danger of disappearing. Mason described different organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that help countries manage the increase of visitors to culturally endangered sites and handle their shift into becoming tourism destinations. Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) like UNESCO help the cultures in these culturally endangered regions survive despite the many challenges they may face while becoming tourist sites.