Twelve journalism instructors from Hispanic-Serving Institutions traveled to the U.S., Mexico border region to participate in the 10th annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas in El Paso from May 31 to June 6.

Multimedia journalism instructors who teach in institutions with a large minority population received training in the latest digital tools and storytelling techniques. During their time at UTEP they reported on issues facing the El Paso community.

Multimedia Training Academy projects and participants:

Today’s border reality: River hazards, refugee child trauma; an end to migrating wildlife
Produced by Fredrick Batiste, Houston Community College System; Jenna Duncan, Glendale Community College; and Molly Hunter,  a journalism major from the University of Iowa.

Like two exhausted boxers, Border Patrol and Central Americans seek respite
Produced by Farideh Dada, San Jose City College; Nancy Garcia, West Texas A&M University; and Walter Baranger, California State Fullerton.

Tired but determined volunteers sustain El Paso’s migrant relief services
Produced by Stephanie Bluestein, California State University Northridge; Jacqueline Fellows, University of North Texas; and Adam Schrag, Fresno Pacific University.’

U.S. border businesses feeling pain of fewer shoppers from Mexico and tariff threats
Produced by Tara Cuslidge-Staiano, San Joaquin Delta College; Ana Lourdes Cardenas, San Francisco State University; and Steve Collins, University of Central Florida.

Special thanks to program director Kate Gannon, Borderzine digital content editor and former digital content manager for The Coloradoan Media Group, and the trainers: nationally-known multimedia consultant and NPR consultant project manager, Doug Mitchell; independent radio reporter, Monica Ortiz Uribe; and broadcast TV veteran Andrew Valencia.