Events hosted by Center for Border & Global Journalism

(From left) translator Juan Radillo and panelists Bernandino Hernández, Prof. Mort Rosenblum and Enric Martí at a "Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets."

Journalists learn how to cover a protest that turns violent during security training in Nogales, Sonora.

From left: "Finding Oscar" co-producer Scott Greathead, visiting scholar Ana Arana, director Ryan Suffern and Prof. Celeste Bustamante discuss the Steven Spielberg-executive-produced documentary. 

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest (from left) talks to Professor Kim Newton, student Victor Garcia and William Schmidt, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism.

Iraqi Kurdistan journalist Asos Hardi talks to students.

Watch video of 'Reporting Border Conflict' on Feb. 18, 2014, the Center for Border & Global Journalism's inaugural event.

William Schmidt tells students about slain journalist James Foley before the start of the 2016 5K Foley Run at UA.

The Center for Border & Global Journalism put on its first event in February 2014. Here are some noteworthy events and projects connected to the center:

Sept. 20, 2019: The Center for Border & Global Journalism sponsored a student meet-and-greet with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour in the Reading Room. The event was standing room only. Amanpour is the recipient of this year's Zenger Award for Press Freedom by the UA School of Journalism. Story

Sept. 18, 2019: Professor Maggy Zanger moderated a panel discussion, “Fixing Journalism: Local Journalists and International Correspondents in Mexico’s Zones of Conflict." The panel included Dr. Lenin Martell, Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante, Fernanda Santos and Fernanda Galindo. Historically, foreign journalists have relied on the assistance of local experts, so called “fixers” to help them with their reporting. The relationship between fixers and international correspondents is crucial to the quality of journalism, yet the work of fixers is often under-appreciated. Story

Feb. 4, 2019: Joanna Lillis, a Kazakhstan-based journalist reporting on Central Asia for outlets such as The Economist and The Guardian, spoke to students about pursuing a career abroad in journalism. Some faculty, including Maggy Zanger, attended the event co-sponsored by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism, UA Global and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Oct. 20, 2018: For the fourth year, sponsored a 5K run for the James K. Foley Legacy Foundation. See photos.

Sept. 26, 2018: Dallas Morning News border correspondent Alfredo Corchado spoke to students and faculty about his reporting and books, "Homelands" (2018) and "Midnight in Mexico" (2014). Corchado, former director of the Borderlands Program at ASU's Cronkite School, has reported on the reach of Mexican drug cartels into the U.S., the plight of Mexican and Central American immigrants, and government corruption on both sides of the border. Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante organized his visit, co-sponsored by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (ODIEX). Photos

Feb. 13, 2018: Celebrated Mexico-based photographers, including one (Bernandino Hernández) badly beaten by police who took his cameras early in January, discussed the challenges in covering Mexican violence at a panel titled, "A Lens on Mexico’s Mean Streets.” Prof. Mort Rosenblum, co-director of the Center, moderated the event with Hernández and AP Photo Editor Enric Martí at the UA Main Library’s Information Commons Room 112A. Photographer Enrico Dagnino also was on hand to show a trailer for his documentary on Hernández, whose electrifying photos of life and death in Acapulco convey the tragic irony of a peaceable people suffering indescribable violence. The four also appeared at a MOCA reception on Feb. 12, and Prof. Kim Newton displayed a dozen of Hernández's photos at the J-school.

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Dec. 1, 2017: Professors Celeste Bustamante and Jeannine Relly gave a talk, "Basta Ya: Grassroots and Global Efforts to Stop Violence against Journalists in Mexico," as part of the UA Center for Latin American Studies' fall lecture series. The two have traveled the entire U.S.-Mexico border twice and published several research articles, including one on the changing news practices among journalists and social media use as a result of increasing threats of violence.

Oct. 14, 2017: For the third straight year, sponsored a 5K run for the James K. Foley Legacy Foundation. See photos.

April 25, 2017: Co-sponsored "Mexico: The Storytellers," a student symposium by the School of Journalism's Press and Latin America class at UA Special Collections. With the recent deaths of Mexican journalists as a backdrop, 21 students presented research on how reporters continue to work under pressures and constraints in Mexico. Lenin Martell, a professor from Mexico and a public radio ombudsman there, gave the keynote speech.
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Feb. 23-24: Collaborated with the Intemational Center for Journalists in Washington, DC, offering security training at a Nogales, Sonora, workshop for reporters and editors inside Mexico, one of the most dangerous places in the world for joumalists. The workshop drew about 50 participants, including several joumalism students from Professor Celeste Gorzillez de Bustamante's class on reporting in the borderlands. Also, on behalf of the Center, faculty from the School of Journalism took part in physical and digital security workshops in Tijuana and Juarez, organized by Jorge Luis Sierra, a journalist and Ifuight International fellow who developed the training sessions.
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Feb. 22, 2017: Hosted a screening and Q&A afterward for the Steven Spielberg-executive-produced documentary, "Finding Oscar." Co-producer Scott Greathead, visiting scholar Ana Arana, director Ryan Suffern and Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante discussed the making of the film, which is about the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala and the decades-long search for two boys who survived.
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Oct. 20, 2016: Hosted a mixer with Washington Post reporter Dana Priest at the Marriott with students, faculty and donors. The Center made bracelets available on behalf of Priest's "Press Uncuffed" campaign for imprisoned journalists. Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, received the school's Zenger Award for Press Freedom. See photos. Also, see a related story on a planned partnership between Priest and the School of Journalism.

Oct. 15, 2016: For the second year in a row, sponsored a 5K run for the James K. Foley Legacy Foundation. See photos.

Oct. 12-13, 2016: Hosted Asos Hardi, an independent journalist and publisher in Iraqi Kurdistan, who spoke to students and met faculty at a reception at Sinbad's on University Boulevard. See photoUA Professor Maggy Zanger met Hardi while teaching a workshop on online journalism at American University of Iraq during the summer. See photos.

March 2016: Welcomed investigative journalist Ana Arana as a visiting scholar at the UA School of Journalism.

Feb. 18, 2016: Hosted a panel discussion, "Besieged Borders," examining the global immigration crisis with reporters Rod Nordland (New York Times) and Perla Trevizo (Arizona Daily Star) and UA professor Mort Rosenblum (moderator).
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Oct. 22, 2015: Organized an exhibition of photos by slain Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus at the Student Union Gallery. Kathy Gannon, who was wounded in the Afghan attack that killed Niedringhaus, attended the reception. Gannon was in Tucson to accept the School of Journalism's John Peter and Catherine Zenger Award on behalf of herself and Niedringhaus. The Zenger award recognizes courage in journalism. UA Journalism students built an altar in the tradition of the annual "Dia de los Muertos" to honor Niedringhaus.
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Oct. 17, 2015: Sponsored a 5K run on campus to help raise money for the James K. Foley Legacy Foundation, which helps support freelance journalists, their families and others taken hostage while reporting abroad.

April 23, 2015: Joined the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies in screening the documentary "First to Fall," a film produced by New York filmmaker Rachel Beth Anderson on the unrest and uprising inside Libya. Professor Maggy Zanger joined in the discussion with Anderson.

March 20-22, 2015: Joined the Institute for Justice in Journalism in organizing "MigraHack," a training session for journalists and freelancers on foraging for immigration data along the border.
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Feb. 26, 2015: Hosted "Reporting in a More Dangerous World," a panel discussion with John and Diane Foley, the parents of slain journalist James Foley; Terry Anderson, a former AP correspondent held hostage in Beirut for seven years; David McCraw, a New York times First Amendment attorney. The panel was moderated by UA professor Mort Rosenblum.
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Nov. 18, 2014: Co-sponsored a panel discussion on the challenges of reporting inside Mexico with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico City bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, and Angela Kocherga, border bureau chief for KHOU in El Paso. The discussion was moderated by UA professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly. Read the oral histories of Corchado and Kocherga in the UA Special Collections' The Documented Border.
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Nov. 14, 2014: Joined the School for Government and Public Policy and the Department of Germanic Studies in co-sponsoring a symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The panel discussion included Craig Whitney, former European diplomatic correspondent and Foreign Editor of the New York Times.

Oct. 8, 2014: Joined the University Libraries, the School of Art and the UA Confluence Center in co-sponsoring the opening of The Documented Border, a digital archive of original research material collected and curated by University of Arizona faculty on the US-Mexico border. The exhibit includes personal stories of journalists drawn from interviews by professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly. Keynote speaker for the opening was Luis Alberto Urrea, Mexican American poet, novelist, essayist and author of the national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Devil’s Highway.

Feb. 18, 2014: Hosted a panel discussion on "Reporting Border Conflict," featuring journalists Giannina Segnini, Ricardo Sandoval Palos and Mort Rosenblum, a professor at the UA School of Journalism. The panel was moderated by professor William Schmidt, who with professor Rosenblum is co-director of the Center.
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