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Leading female journalists from Texas and Mexico discuss accountability and digital strategy at pre-ISOJ event



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The day before the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) begins, leading women journalists from Mexico and Texas will meet to discuss transparency, credibility and other journalistic values during an era of heightened political divisiveness in both countries. Their bilingual conversation will apply those themes to digital strategy, social media and political coverage of controversial issues including migration and violent crime.

The event, “Bridging the Border: Digital perspectives from women journalists in Texas and Mexico,” will take place on April 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your seat. Translation will be available.

“We're really excited about the opportunity to shine a spotlight on women making the tough decisions in newsrooms in two different countries,” said Kelsey Whipple, Dallas Morning News Fellow for Journalism Innovation at UT-Austin. “These women are incredible, and I'm excited to hear about their strategies and experiences. And there's no better time to dive into these issues than the present.”

Mexico and Texas are inextricably linked by historical, cultural and economic ties. This seminar’s goal is to forge new relationships between journalists from both sides of the border.

Dallas Morning News managing editor Robyn Tomlin (Twitter)

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dallas Morning News Managing Editor Robyn Tomlin and Mexican investigative journalist and Golden Pen of Freedom Award winner Anabel Hernández.

Other panelists include Adela Navarro Bello, director general of magazine Zeta in Tijuana; Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune; Melissa del Bosque, immigration reporter at the Texas Observer; Alícia Fernández, multimedia journalist for El Diario de Juárez; and Celia Guerrero, journalist at Pie de Página.

The seminar is organized by the Dallas Morning News Endowment at the UT-Austin School of Journalism, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Click here for more information and to register.

“We are proud to support an event highlighting emerging and established media leaders in Texas and Mexico,” said Nadine Hoffman, deputy director of IWMF. “Our research shows that women hold just 20 percent of media management positions in Latin America. We expect a frank conversation on the realities and challenges for women reporting in the region, and a discussion of how to reach across the border for solutions and collaboration.”

“The journalists invited to speak have made profound impacts in their newsrooms and communities, and it is an honor to host them. We know it will be a tremendous opportunity for all participants to share with and learn from one another,” said Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández (Courtesy)

The Dallas Morning News Journalism Innovation Endowment, a $1.5 million gift given by the Belo Foundation of Dallas in October 2015, is designed to spark and sustain innovative courses and projects within the School of Journalism in the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin. Kelsey Whipple, a PhD student at UT Austin, is the school’s first Dallas Morning News Fellow for Journalism Innovation.

Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in August 2002 as a professional training and outreach program for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. Now, the Center has reached nearly 100,000 people from 169 countries with their online courses on journalism. It also publishes a blog documenting press freedom and media innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Every spring, the Knight Center hosts the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) which attracts hundreds of journalists, media executives and academics from around the world.



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