Borderzine, reporting across fronteras, is a web community for Latino student journalists, a two-way bridge connecting the classroom and the newsroom. It creates an unprecedented national dialogue around issues of newsroom diversity and shifts the new voices, perspectives and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. from the borderline to the centerline. Borderzine builds leadership in the media field by providing training in multi-media journalism to Latino students and opening doors to careers in English and Spanish news media through internships. Borderzine provides Latino students with a competitive edge to enter the news industry, and engages newsroom editors and top management in the process of helping to develop future newsroom talent leading to a more diverse news force.
Borderzine’s mission is to address internship and job placement needs for Latino multimedia journalism students by being a major resource for news media recruiters looking to place interns and hire Latino news professionals. Borderzine is a publishing platform for young Latino journalists and a trusted source of news and information about under-represented border issues and Latino communities.
Borderzine’s vision is to become a national model for achieving diversity in news media by creating a renewable pipeline of young Latino journalists for internships and jobs in English and Spanish news media, specifically trained to work in a multi-media environment.
Non-profit organization training competitive minority student journalists & promoting diversity in the media industry. We cover border life.
In an effort to help reflect America's growing racial and ethnic diversity in newsrooms, Borderzine proposes an aggressive, innovative and sustainable approach to increasing the pipeline of Latino journalists through mentoring and training a bilingual community of multimedia journalism students and an aggressive internship placement initiative with post-graduate support. Most newsrooms in the U.S. have not achieved demographic parity to reflect the U.S. population; and this panorama seems unlikely to happen quickly given the uncertain state of the industry. A recent report by the Federal Communications Commission indicated that the number of all minorities in newsrooms decreased to 5,300 in 2010 from a high of 7,400 in 2007.
Seeking to increase the number of Latino journalists nationwide, link news recruiters with student journalists, and provide quality content about multicultural issues.