UA School of Journalism news service will offer reports from border region -- October 2010

Professor Bruce Itule and graduate student Bethany
Conway review photo selections for Arizona-
Sonora News Service.

A news service that offers the best journalism on the U.S.-Mexico border region being produced by University of Arizona School of Journalism students is available to media outlets across the state. It's the newly named Arizona-Sonora News Service.

Students produce original content during the fall and spring semesters and also draw material from UA School of Journalism media: The Tombstone Epitaph, El Independiente, Arizona Cat’s Eye, The Cat Scan and Border Beat. The service operated under the name ArizonaNewsService.com during the 2009-10 academic year, but chose this fall to change its name and refocus its efforts on the border, said Bruce Itule, the UA journalism professor who oversees the news service.

“Given the intense interest nationally in the border regions, we thought this was an appropriate time to expand our coverage,” Itule said. “We’ll be covering southern Arizona from Tucson to the Mexican border and beyond.”

Stories produced by Arizona-Sonora News Service have included features on the city of Tombstone’s new mayor, a multimedia package on a target range in the Sonoran Desert and a hummingbird-banding project along the San Pedro River. The students’ stories, photos, video and audio are all offered as a free service to media outlets.

Each Tuesday, ASNS emails a story budget to newspapers around the state. On Thursday, newspaper editors receive an email containing links that enable them to download stories and images.

Editors wishing to subscribe to the free service should email Bruce Itule at bitule@email.arizona.edu.

Visit the site at arizonasonoranewsservice.com.

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