This program uses collaboration and learning among University of Arizona (UA) journalism students and Nogales-area high school students to produce stories about the borderlands using data gathering and multimedia tools such as: 360 video and photography, drone video, audio podcasting, and mapping. Through the program UA student trainers mentor high schoolers in Ambos Nogales to produce their own stories about their community, training youth in digital media, oral history interviews, and other media skills. The project aims to increase intercultural competencies and cross-border understanding among all students involved, as well as create opportunities for community interaction and change. Multi-generational activities–youth interviewing elders and Nogales “heroes”–aim to reinstating pride and appreciation for the community.
Lead artist: Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante
Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona and an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Latin American Studies. She holds a PhD in history at the University of Arizona, and her research interests include: the history of news media in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and violence against journalists in Mexico and Latin America. Her course “Reporting the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” takes journalism students on a weekly basis to Ambos Nogales. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals. She is the current co-head of the Border Journalism Network/La red de periodistas de la frontera.