MEXODUS wins ONA 2012 award(!)
We are thrilled to see Mexodus, a student journalism project focused on border issues, listed among the winners of the 2012 Online Journalism Awards, in the category of Non-English Projects, Small/Medium. Well deserved!
Here is a part of an introductory statement by Director Zita Arocha:
Mexodus is an unprecedented bilingual student-reporting project that documents the flight of middle class families, professionals and businesses to the U.S. and safer areas of México because of soaring drug cartel violence and widespread petty crime in cities such as Ciudad Juárez.
We believe Mexodus sets the bar for future collaborate investigative journalism that builds bridges across academic, national and language borders, in this case English and Spanish, the U.S. and Mexico. The web and digital technology facilitated the collaboration, as well as expertise from professional trainers from Investigative Reporters and Editors and research by Fundación MEPI in México City. The project received funding from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
The result is more than 20 stories in two languages, videos, slideshows, photos, info graphics and charts produced by participation from nearly 100 student journalists from four universities, University of Texas El Paso, California State University Northridge, and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua and México City.
FJP: According to a press release made available by the UTEP, Mexodus launched in 2010 by a $25,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Bonus: A collection of congratulatory messages on Twitter. Two samples: