Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy for journalism professors returns to the Borderland

In early June, nine journalism professors gathered in El Paso to learn new multimedia storytelling skills while exploring life on the U.S., Mexico border. They came from Hispanic-serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to participate in the 2022 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy hosted at the University of Texas at El Paso from June 4 to June 9.
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UTEP, El Paso Makes project power expansion in high-tech manufacturing on the border

Inside two nondescript buildings nestled in the neighborhoods of south-central and south El Paso, the future of the city’s economy is being manufactured. From looking at the outside of these unmarked buildings – one near the University Medical Center and the other in the industrial area of Cotton Street – a casual observer would never know that inside engineers, technicians and student research assistants are busy imagining and making new ways of working in space and solving problems on Earth.

El Paso’s Mission Trail sees surge of growth and economic development

El Paso’s historic Mission Trail may be quiet on a Monday, but as the weekend approaches, traffic and visitors begin to stream into the small communities of San Elizario, Socorro and Ysleta. The trail is a 9-mile stretch of the Camino Real, the Spanish Royal Road built in 1598. Shops, museums and businesses once again teem with visitors along this section of the oldest European trade route in North America, which is once again seeing a resurgence in economic development.

Problems remain for private border wall builders after founder’s guilty plea in fraud

This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune. Brian Kolfage arrived in Texas three years ago pledging to help fulfill President Donald Trump’s promise of a “big, beautiful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. After pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last month, Kolfage leaves behind two small stretches of fencing that are mired in legal, environmental and permitting fights.

Texas Institute of Letters showcases literary stars in the borderland

Some of the state’s literary giants will be in El Paso this week to attend the Texas Institute of Letters four-day conference, held annually in a different Texas city. Among the writers scheduled to attend are Carmen Tafolla, who has written more than 30 books and was named the Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015; Skip Hollandsworth, an executive editor and writer for Texas Monthly; and El Paso authors Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Sergio Troncoso.

Journalism internship endowment honors former UTEP student Annette Rainville

Editors note: This article was originally published on September 14, 2014 in the special Centennial Issue of The Prospector. Annette Rainville, who was a reporter and editor at The Prospector, graduated from UTEP with a bachelor’s degree in print media in spring 2004. During her long process of going to school and working to raise her twin boys, Anthony and Ryan, and daughter Audrey, Rainville was also fighting her initial battle with leukemia.

Longtime KVIA-Channel 7 GM Kevin Lovell retiring; Brenda De Anda-Swann named successor

El Paso – KVIA-TV announced this week that Brenda De Anda-Swann will take the helm as general manager when longtime GM Kevin Lovell retires at the end of May. In a press release on Wednesday, Lovell announced De Anda-Swann’s promotion and his impending retirement at the end of May from the station which is owned by News-Press & Gazette, a family-owned company based in St. Joseph, Missouri.

How I became a bridge for my international family during the pandemic border shutdown

Four years ago my family in Mexico supported my dream to come to El Paso for my college education in the United States. Little did we know that we would struggle with the burden of being separated by the pandemic when the U.S. and Mexico restricted travel across land border crossings to essential reasons. Visiting family was not among the essential reasons for crossing back and forth.