The University of Texas at El Paso’s Borderzine: Reporting Across Fronteras invites freelance journalists and staffers to attend its first McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI) on Immigration Reform the last weekend in September. The goal is for visiting journalists to acquire the reporting tools and a substantive understanding of immigration policy and research to write compelling, nuanced and well-researched stories about the human face of immigration in their communities.
Panelists include Alfredo Corchado, Dallas Morning News Mexico bureau chief and the author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Descent into Darkness.” Corchado was interviewed on the radio program Fresh Air Tuesday.
Joining Corchado are Angela Kocherga, Belo KVUE border bureau chief; Paul Overberg, USA Today database editor; D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center senior writer; and Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, El Diario reporter.
In addition, participants will connect with immigration experts and policymakers and analyze national immigration demographics.
Fifteen journalists will be selected for this intense three-day training. The institute will convene on Thursday evening, Sept. 26, with a welcoming ceremony. The three-day workshop will begin early Friday morning and conclude at noon Sunday, Sept. 29. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation will provide funding for tuition, housing, food and transportation. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 5. To apply, visit immigrationinstitute2013.