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, said her students give her the strength to continue each day.

Media Report – January 18, 2011


Thirty students from the University of Arizona and New York University collaborated on a documentary on challenges faced by immigrants and communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Their “Beyond the Border Project” was developed by Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante of UA’s School of Journalism and NYU’s Yvonne Latty of Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. To view the project, visit


Historic international Mexican radio station IMER, shut down by financial troubles in 2004, is back. It debuted in 1969 and joined the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio in 1983. Now it varies coverage in Spanish, English, French and indigenous languages.

Media Report – November 15, 2010


The National Association of Hispanic Journalists announced Nov.9 winners of its video contest “Tell Us Your Story.” Jackie Díaz of Silver Spring, Md., won in the professional category, and Paula Machado of Central Florida University won in the student category. In the announcement Ada Alvarez wrote, “As journalists, we tell stories every day. We represent those who wouldn’t have a voice if no one told their story. This time, 15 people told theirs.”

NAHJ is increasing its efforts to return to financial stability. Its 2010 convention did not produce enough revenue.