Monthly Archives: November 2009

SPJ Mark of Excellence Competition for College Journalists Entry Deadline

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has opened its Mark of Excellence competition for college journalists. The application deadline is: January 27, 2010.
Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. Regional award winners will be honored at the spring conferences. First place regional winners are forwarded on to the national competition. National winners will be honored at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.
The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. studying for an academic degree in 2009. Students who have had full-time, professional journalism experience, outside of internships, are not eligible. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2009 calendar year.
For more information, and to access application forms, please visit:

La Poderosa Media Project Screening

La Poderosa Media Project will be screening “Cachuda” on Saturday November 14, 2009 as part of the 18th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics , sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.

The screening will be held in the Sinclair Suite at the Texas Union (Room 3.128) at 3.50pm and will be followed by a brief question and answer session with the program’s Executive Director, Alejandra Zambrano, Communications Director, Joseph Pierce, and Curricular Coordinator, Jorge García.

“Cachuda” is a short film that was shot and produced in the summer of 2009 by high school age students from Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador and is the most recent film produced by La Poderosa Media Project , a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas that encourages empowerment, cultural competence, and intercultural translation through digital media and service learning programs.

We would like to invite you all to come to this special screening and to learn more about our next project: Bahía de Caráquez 2010.

Ilan Stavans, Author of “The Hispanic Condition,” to Speak on Campus

The Carnegie Distinguished Lecture Series presents a Q&A session with Ilan Stavans
Mexican-born professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, author of the best-selling “The Hispanic Condition,” and internationally acclaimed expert on the language and identity of U.S. Latinos.

Thursday, Nov. 12
12.00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CMA 5.160

College of Communication
The University of Texas at Austin
Free and open to the public

The Carnegie Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Communication Latino Media Studies Program and is made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
For questions or more information, contact Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at


Ilan Stavans

Screening: “9500 Liberty”

Please join the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Austin Asian American Film Festival for a free screening of the award-winning
documentary feature 9500 Liberty on Saturday, November 14, at 5:00 PM at the Mexican American Cultural Center. This screening is a special community event, co-sponsored by the ACLU, Austin Commission on Human Rights, the Austin Department of Parks and Recreation, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Capital Area Asian American Democrats, the Mexican American Cultural Center, and the Travis County Democratic Party.
9500 Liberty examines the national immigration debate through the experience of Prince William County, VA, after elected officials approve a measure requiring local police to question anyone they suspect of being an “undocumented immigrant.” After the county is targeted by national anti-immigration networks backing the measure, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual town halls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government. The film also chronicles the devastating socioeconomic impact of the “Immigration Resolution” on real people and local businesses. As the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse the policy unfolds within the halls of government, on the streets, and online, 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds.
The film has received rave reviews for its intimate and in-depth look at the real people involved in all aspects of the immigration debate. It was screened as a special event at Netroots Nation, the largest progressive blogging conference in the country, and recently won Best Documentary at the Charlotte Film Festival.
Co-Director Eric Byler will be in attendance to speak about the documentary and about film making as a form of activism. Austin City Council Members Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman are also confirmed to attend.

Date: November 14th, Saturday
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: MACC
Film Festival Info:

Study Journalism and Spanish in Santander this summer

If you’re interested in studying in Spain over six weeks in beautiful Santander with UT, read on. Two information sessions for this program will be offered as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CMA 4.128
Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., CMA 5.160
Journalism Professor Maggie Rivas Rodriguez will be teaching Oral History as Journalism (J 349T) and several courses in SPN will also be taught. Earn 6 hours of UT in-residence credit. The J course fulfills a Latino Media Studies requirement. This program also features home stays, and is focused on helping students improve their Spanish-language proficiency. The priority deadline to apply is December 1.

More information:

Alejandro Portes to Speak on Campus Nov. 5

Reception and Keynote Address: “Dividing or Converging? Political Loyalties, Transnational Organizations, and the Incorporation of Latin American Immigrants in the United States”
Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
Alejandro Portes is a premier sociologist who has shaped the study of immigration and urbanization for 30 years. He is chair of the department of sociology at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) as well as co-founder and director of Princeton’s Center for Migration and Development. In 1998, Portes became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. From 1998 to 1999, Portes served as president of the American Sociological Association. He has authored and edited numerous books and has published articles on a range of policy issues, including immigrant assimilation, Latin American politics, and United States/Cuba relations
Free and open to the public ( No registration needed)
Thursday, November 5
5:00 P.M.
Tejas Room, AT&T Conference Center
University & 20th St
University of Texas at Austin