Borderzine wins one 0f ’50 States for Good’ grants from Tom’s of Maine

Borderzine, a bilingual journalism training program based at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been selected as one of 52 winners from across the country in the seventh annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program. Borderzine was selected to represent the state of Texas and will receive $20,000 to fund its mission of transforming U.S. newsrooms into more inclusive workplaces that reflect the nation’s demographic diversity by placing more young journalists of color in news internships and jobs. “This generous gift from Tom’s of Maine advances in significant ways Borderzine’s mission to prepare a young generation of multicultural journalists that reflects and interprets the real story of immigration and the borderlands for the rest of America,” said Zita Arocha, director of Borderzine and associate professor in UTEP’s Department of Communication. Specifically, the funds will be used for a combination of internships, technical support for the Borderzine website and recruitment efforts for Borderzine’s annual high school journalism workshop. The contest’s process began with community members taking to social media pages to share #OneWaytoHelp their communities, amassing nearly 10,000 submissions.

Candy makers call for cheap sugar fix on U.S. side of the border

By Rebecca Anzel,

WASHINGTON – The U.S. candy industry has a problem. The sugar it needs to produce sweet treats is protected by the government through tariffs and trade restrictions, which drive up the price, industry officials say. This has forced some companies to move  production to places where sugar is cheaper, including Mexico or Brazil. Atkinson Candy Co. is one of those companies.

Campus crime reporting effectiveness questioned

By Nadia Dreid,

WASHINGTON – When Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called for the repeal of the Clery Act at a campus safety conference in June, Annette Spicuzza clapped. She wasn’t alone – the room rumbled with the applause of a hundred plus educators. “I know the mess it is,” McCaskill said of the law. “So my goal would be to remove it.”

The Clery Act, enacted in 1991, requires all colleges and universities receiving federal money to collect and publish information on crimes that occur on or around campus. The law’s namesake, Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student, was murdered in her dorm room in 1986.

Chart showing undocumented immigration trend

Rise of undocumented immigration slowed after Great Recession, analysis shows

By Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn of the Pew Research Center

An estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on government data. This population has remained essentially stable for five years after nearly two decades of changes. An estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on government data. This population has remained essentially stable for five years after nearly two decades of changes. The recent overall stability contrasts with past trends.

Socioeconomic status of Mexican immigrants on rise as total numbers decrease, UNH study shows

DURHAM, N.H. – As comments about the nature of Mexican immigrants to the United States have flashed in the headlines, new research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire finds migration from Mexico to the U.S. dropped more than 50 percent in the last five years and that those migrating tend to have higher socioeconomic status, are older, and are more likely to be women. “The number of immigrants from Mexico has plunged in recent years,” said Rogelio Sáenz, a policy fellow of Carsey. “And who is coming has also changed. They are better educated, speak better English, are older, less likely to be men and more likely to be U.S. citizens.”

The research uses data from the 2008 and 2013 American Community Surveys to compare the demographic and socioeconomic profiles of Mexican migrants who migrated in the five years prior to each survey. Between the two surveys the volume of migration fell from 1.9 million to 819,000, a drop of 57 percent.

You may be surprised to learn where thousands of immigrant children are 1 year after border surge

By Jonathan A. Capriel–

WASHINGTON — The number of unaccompanied child immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically since last year’s humanitarian crisis levels. But senators were still arguing what caused the surge Tuesday during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing. Meanwhile, many of those unaccompanied minors still do not know if they will be deported or allowed to stay in the United States. A year later, tens of thousands are still navigating a maze of government agencies in hopes of receiving asylum. About 22,000 children still await their day in immigration court, Juan Osuna, director of Executive Office of Immigration Review for the Department of Justice, said.

UTEP professor leads health collaboration exercise at White House

WASHINGTON — University of Texas at El Paso professor of Communication, Dr. Arvind Singhal, a practitioner of Liberating Structures processes designed an interactive, inclusive, two-day working meeting on the topic, Partners in Health: Aligning Clinical Systems, Faith and Community Assets. April 15-16, at the White House. Some 60 leaders of hospitals and clinical care systems, faith networks, and community organizations gathered in the nation’s Executive Office to create actionable plans to increase access to health care and preventive services, promote community health and wellness, by aligning their missions, visions, and assets. Unlike traditional approaches to designing meetings that mostly comprise of stand-up-and-deliver presentations and/or expert panels, Liberating Structures represent an alternative and complementary approach that includes and unleashes everyone, building trust and generative relationships—with emergent processes, surprising outcomes, and meaningful connections. Organized by the White House Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, its U.S. Department of Health and Human Services counterpart, and Stakeholder Health, a Learning Collaborative of Health Systems, the two-day meeting guided the deliberations in a narrative sequence that included:

Impromptu Networking set the stage for discussions, focusing on the challenges faced in collaboration and alignment of clinical systems, faith, and community assets.

Special Report: The fragile ‘Miracle of Juarez’

The story has been told many times — how the infamous murder rate in Ciudad Juárez plummeted and its twin police forces were cleaned up.  Officials declared victory. But it’s a fragile peace.  The elements of a resurgence of violence are still lurking — including the lure of Juárez’s multi-million-dollar drug trade. View image |

 Special Report Ciudad Juarez was coordinated and edited by Ana Arana of Fundación MEPI in Mexico City. The reporters included Carlos Huerta, Herika Martínez and Beatriz Corral from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and Javier Huerta. The English-language editor was FIU journalism professor Neil Risnerand the Spanish-language editor was Maria Dolores Albiac.

Borderzine Presents: El Paso’s Creative Economy

El Paso is unlike any other city in the nation with its unique cultural dynamic. The city’s arts and events bring thousands of visitors every year and more than $2 million in direct spending. In this TV-style news magazine, journalism students at the University of Texas at El Paso take a closer look at some of El Paso’s artists and how economic efforts are affecting the creative community. The show aired live on Google Hangouts on Air on May 29, 2015. The program was made possible by support from the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies, the UTEP Department of Communication and

See the complete special report and featured stories here.