Monthly Archives: February 2009

Social network for Spanish speaking multimedia journalists launched

Social network for Spanish speaking multimedia journalists launched
Posted on: 20/02/2009 Internet, Multimedia, Networking Region: Latin America
A social network of Spanish-speaking multimedia journalists was recently launched with the goal of providing a space for reflection and interaction.
The network, Red de Periodistas Multimedia (RPM), is also a forum for debate on topics such as: Web writing; participatory journalism or 3.0; multimedia narrative; social Web or 2.0; newsroom convergence; and entrepreneurial journalism.
Journalists who are interested in joining the network must register and create a profile.
The network’s organizers were participants in the Scripps Howard Media Ethics program, organized annually by the International Center for Journalists and the Digital Journalism Center in Guadalajara.
To learn more about RPM (in Spanish) or to register, visit

Feb. 20-21: Abriendo Brecha VI Conference

Abriendo Brecha VI – Activist Scholarship Conference
February 20-21, 2009

Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference is an annual event at the University of Texas at Austin that focuses on research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements and networks working for social justice.

Friday, February 20, 2009 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – DDCE Community Engagement Center, 1009 E. 11th St.

Roundtable Discussion – Invited guests Joy James, Andrea Smith, Dylan Rodriguez, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, and Astrid Ulloa

Friday evening Abriendo Brecha participants are invited to a reception at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
There will be a Prison Protest Art Exhibit, gallery talk, and spoken word performance.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 9-11:30 a.m. – DDCE Community Engagement Center 1009 E. 11th St.
Abriendo Brecha Activist Workshop – Drs. Smith, Rodriguez, Gordon Nemhard, and Ulloa will be participating in the workshop. Students, faculty, and community organizers are invited to participate.

There is no registration fee for this conference
Sponsored by
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)
Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement (TICE)

Carlos Slim Helú: The Reticent Media Baron

(New York Times) — By Marc Lacey, February 15, 2009.
Mr. Slim, Mexico’s richest man and now a major shareholder in and lender to The New York Times, has a complex relationship with the news media. He invests money in an array of television and newspaper companies and says he sees a bright future for those media companies that adapt.

Link to the full story.Carlos Slim Helú

Univision: YouTube’s Most Pirated Broadcast TV Network

NEW YORK ( — Laurel Wentz, Feb. 12, 2009. Protecting shows from piracy on YouTube is an obsession for some TV networks, but Univision Communications’ efforts haven’t been able to thwart a booming market for its illegally uploaded content. The Spanish-language TV network is the most-pirated U.S. broadcast network on YouTube, with mostly clips of blockbuster telenovelas drawing more than twice as many views as Univision’s nearest network competitor, Fox.
Read the full story at

LLILAS presents the 2009 Lozano Long Conference
Contested Modernities:
Indigenous and Afro-descendant Experiences
in Latin America

February 26–28, 2009
The University of Texas at Austin
Santa Rita Room, Texas Union 3.502
Free and open to the public

Keynote Speaker
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Distinguished Scholar of the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Professor of Sociology, School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Invited Speakers
Catherine Walsh Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar**Bettina Ng’weno University Of California, Davis**Rosalva Aída Hernández, Center For Research And Advanced Studies In Social Anthropology, Mexico City **Michael Hanchard, Johns Hopkins University**Arturo Escobar, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill**Ginetta Candelario, Smith College**Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Oxlajuj Tz’ikin Indigenous Support Group

See full program here
For more information, please contact Paloma Díaz

Opportunity for Film Students @ University of Guadalajara

Here is an opportunity for any aspiring film makers. If you are interested in participating, contact Denisse Flores Somarriba and mention that you are affiliated with UT (they will likely waive the registration fee):

El Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
( realizará el primer Talent Campus Guadalajara en colaboración con el Berlinale Talent Campus del Festival Internacional de Cine de Berlín, del 20 al 24 de Marzo del 2009, dentro del marco de las actividades de su edición número 24.

Este primer encuentro se enfocará a la narrativa cinematográfica, concebida y construida a través del trabajo y visión de todos los involucrados en la realización y producción audiovisual, siendo su lema monitor: Cuéntame tu película: Fábulas y Realidades de nuestro Cine.

Las actividades planteadas en el programa de actividades del TCG se relacionarán en algún punto con la narrativa audiovisual. El Talent Campus Guadalajara (TCG) es un encuentro intensivo de actividades para estudiantes avanzados y profesionales en formación del audiovisual provenientes de México, Colombia, Centro América y del Caribe.

El TCG consiste en cinco días de formación y prácticas del lenguaje cinematográfico para 60 educandos audiovisuales y 40 profesionales de la industria cinematográfica internacional, quienes compartirán con los alumnos sus conocimientos y experiencia en las clases magistrales, mesas de discusión y citas con los expertos.

Es para el TCG objetivo primordial establecer un foro permanente de formación audiovisual e intercambio creativo entre los profesionales y futuros cineastas de todo el mundo.

Joe Randel
Director, ArtesAméricas
The University of Texas at Austin
Performing Arts Center
P.O. Box 7818
Austin, TX 78713
512.475.7116 – Office
512.471.3636 – Fax
Bringing the world to Austin.

Apply for NAHJ Scholarships Now!

Applications are now available for NAHJ’s scholarships awarded annually to aspiring Latino journalists and other students committed to journalism. All applications are to be completed online and the deadline is April 6, 2009.
NAHJ scholarships are awarded through the Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund, established in honor of the Latino journalism pioneer who was killed by a tear gas projectile from an L.A. County Sheriff while he covered an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1970. With last year’s $91,000 awarded to 35 students, NAHJ has given out a total of more than $1.5 million in financial aid to more than 550 aspiring journalists since the fund beganoperating in 1987.
Scholarships are possible this year thanks to contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, including annual donations from Noticiero Univisión Co-anchor María Elena Salinas, FOX News Senior Correspondent Geraldo Rivera, the Samuel Newhouse Foundation and the Ford Motor Company.
Scholarships are open to a range of students – from incoming freshmen to graduate students – depending on the guidelines and criteria for each category or the donor of the scholarship. For more information on the scholarships, criteria, and the application, please go to
The scholarships are part of NAHJ’s educational and professional development programs, which include annual conventions, student media training projects, journalism workshops, multimedia training, a new job bank and career center and much more. Through these programs, NAHJ seeks to boost the number of Latinos in newsrooms and to create a path toward achieving more fair and accurate coverage of the Hispanic community.
For more information on the scholarships, you may also contact Virginia Galindo at (202) 662-7145 or via email at .