School to host border safety workshop April 29-May 1 -- April 2011

Journalism educators from throughout the southwestern United States will gather at the University of Arizona School of Journalism for a workshop on teaching border reporting April 29-May 1.

The weekend opens with a panel discussion Friday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. “Violence, Trauma and Safety: The Challenges of Reporting along the U.S./Mexico Border” will be moderated by Celeste González de Bustamante, assistant professor in the School of Journalism. Panelists include:

Brady McCombs, Border and Immigration Reporter, Arizona Daily Star;
Mónica Ortiz Uribe, NPR/ Senior Field Correspondent, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, El Paso;
Angela Kocherga, Mexico Bureau Chief, KHOU, Houston;
Maria de los Angeles Flores, Assistant Professor, Texas A & M International University, Laredo

It’s the second such workshop faculty in the School of Journalism have offered. The event is sponsored by the UA School of Journalism; Dart Center West at the University of Washington; UA Center for Latin American Studies, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center; and Gannett Foundation Media Grants.

Aside from the dangers and risks involving covering the border, the panelists will speak about the under-reported aspects of the region, and how to keep physically safe and avoid emotional harm while covering news in what has become the most dangerous country in Latin America for practicing journalists.

On Saturday, the workshop will focus on collaborative reporting projects. On Sunday, participants will work on developing a website for teaching border reporting.

For more information, contact Professor Maggy Zanger at

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