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Meet our student interns!

Exciting things are coming to the Latino Media Studies program and we now have two public relations students to help us bring them to you.

Our new interns, Mady (left) and Ale (right), at a Black Keys concert in May.

Meet Mady and Ale. Both students are public relations majors and participate in the Latino Media Studies program. They have an interest in better understanding the growing Latino community and the media and setting themselves apart by preparing for their future careers through this amazing program.

“Reading what the Latino Media Studies program was all about on their website and what it can offer me as a student was what sold me!” Mady said.

Mady is a junior with a passion for writing and reading. In addition to being a public relations co-director for us, she is also an intern for Social Communications and a social media director for Cynch Inc. She is the former public relations director for the UT Austin student-run radio station, 91.7 KVRX FM, and a former blog director for Bliss Bridal Magazine + Blog. She has an obsession with Coco Chanel, Disney and Sailor Moon.

Ale is a sophomore with a passion for writing and antiquing. She is very excited about being a public relations co-director for the Latino Media Studies program. She hopes to work for the Make-A-Wish foundation in the future and has a goal of shaking the hand of one of the Presidents of the United States one day.

Mady and Ale can’t wait to get this ball rolling and neither can we!

Volunteer Opportunity: 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is in search of a few student volunteers to assist with the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual global conference that brings more than 200 media executives, journalists and scholars from the United States and around the world to the University of Texas at Austin on April 20-21. The conference is now open for registration.
ISOJ is unlike any other conference because it offers a unique blend of academic research and perspectives from online journalism industry leaders.

The opening keynote speaker will be Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google. Gingras, a former television journalist and founder and chief executive officer of, has more than 30 years experience in the development of online services, software, and new media.

Other keynote speakers include: Jim Moroney III, publisher and chief executive officer of The Dallas Morning News, a daily newspaper at the forefront of seeking new ways to continue providing public service journalism; Raju Narisetti, the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and a former managing editor of The Washington Post; and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and the Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.

Benefits: Volunteers will have the $30 registration fee waived. All volunteers get a t-shirt to wear during the event, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks. It’s a great networking opportunity, both for journalism/comm students, but also Latino Media Studies students, because journalists will be attending from Portugal, Span, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, etc. Four research panels will be offered during the event, so the event also provides great exposure to academic research.

Interested? Contact Clare Boyle. (
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
1 University Station, A1000
School of Journalism
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-471-1391
Fax: 512-232-7685

Commitment: The event is 8:30 am – 5:45pm on both days, but we would ask volunteers (if able and not hungover) to arrive at 7:30am to help with prep, set up, posting signs, registering guests (they’ve all already registered online, but passing out nametags). We don’t require volunteers be working the whole time. Whatever they can do (so long as it’s a few hours) we’re happy. Other tasks mights include ushering guests into the auditorium, passing around mics during Q&A sessions, and generally being on hand for those crisis moments.

Photography Exhibit & Discussion on April 5

Intersections in Photography No. 6. Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer
Has the proliferation of images of violence and suffering desensitized or overwhelmed us? Do we consume images of suffering with mere intrigue, or with empathy? Three innovative photographers who work across different visual platforms addressing issues of violation and human rights discuss their work and their strategies to engage the viewer in a conversation about crises of our times.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
7 p.m.
Joynes Reading Room (Carothers Building, Room 007)
2501 Whitis Avenue, UT Austin campus

Stephen Ferry has received numerous awards for his photography, most recently the first memorial Tim Heatherington Award from Human Rights Watch for his project Violontology, a Manual of the Colombia Conflict. Ferry has created a critical historical record about human rights in Colombia over the last decade. He uses innovative approaches to disseminate the work not only to a global audience but also within the community he documents.

Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer who made the transition to filmmaking with his documentary about paramilitary violence in Colombia—La Sierra, broadcast on PBS Independent Lens. Dalton has exhibited work at the Houston Center for Photography. He is photographing in medium format for his current project about Ciudad Juarez, “So Close, So Far,” which won the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography grant in 2011. He is an alumnus of the UT photojournalism program.

Mimi Chakarova is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose searing investigative multi-platform documentary project, The Price of Sex, breaks new ground exploring the horrors of sex trafficking and the struggles of women rebuilding their lives in the aftermath. Chakarova’s film is currently debuting at international film festivals. She teaches photography in the Journalism School at the University of California, Berkeley.

This event is free and open to the public. The Joynes Reading Room is accessible through the east (courtyard) side of the Carothers building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Austin campus. Paid public parking is available in the garage at the corner of San Antonio Street and 25th Street, about two blocks away.

Call 512-471-5692 or e-mail for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: RISE Conference March 26-30, 2012

RISE ( a local non-profit that hosts an annual week long “un-conference” from March 26-30th that includes over 200 sessions on everything and anything that has to do with entrepreneurship. We also have evening events, like our opening kick-off with keynote speaker Robert Rodriguez, fast pitch competitions, receptions with awesome keynote speakers, plus more. These evening events need volunteers and UT students would really benefit from this opportunity. Not only would they be giving back to the Austin entrepreneurship community, but it’s a great opportunity to network and meet/talk with some amazing local entrepreneurs. Volunteers also get a free shirt and a wristband to attend our Awards Bash on Friday where local Austin/San Marcos band Groupo Fantasma will be performing.
Volunteer time slots are mostly in the evenings from around 4:30 – 9 and volunteers can sign up for different shifts within that time gap. We also have a couple of openings for volunteers during the day on Thursday.
Here is the link to the RISE website for more information on RISE:
Opening Kick Off Set-Up: 4:30-6pm
Check-in and Registration: 6-9pm
Expo/Food/Keynote/Panel: 6-9pm
Fast Pitch Set-Up: 4:30 – 6pm
Check-in and Registration: 5:30 – 9pm
Women’s Day/Panel Set-Up: 7:30-11:30am
Women’s Panel: 11am-2pm
Women’s Day Sessions: 1:30-5:30pm
Social Venture Fast Pitch Set-up: 4:30-6pm Check-in and Registration: 5:30 – 9pm
Awards Bash Set-Up: 4-6pm
Check-in/Registration/Awards: 5:30-9pm


Felicia Pena
Volunteer Coordinator, RISE Austin
PO Box 684927 Austin, TX 78768

Note: A big thanks to Association of Latinos in Communication for sharing this information!

The 32nd Annual ILASSA Student Conference on Latin America Kicks off this Thursday

The 32nd Annual ILASSA Student Conference on Latin America kicks off this Thursday, February 2, at the Student Activities Center.  Students from throughout the US and Latin America come together during this event to present their research on topics such as immigration, violence, art, and more. The conference kicks off on Thursday Feb. 2nd and goes through Feb. 4th.

Opening plenary: Miguel Pereira

When: Thursday, February 2, 2012 5:00PM

Where: Black Box Theater, Student Activities Center, 2nd Floor
Screening of: Sangre en el plomo and Encuentro en el sal (Films presented in Spanish)

Director, writer, and producer Miguel Pereira will discuss the theme of social justice especially as it relates to the environment, a topic present in his documentaries. He currently serves as Secretary of Culture and Tourism in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina.

See the full conference schedule here:

Top Eleven Latino Films of 2011, According to Remezcla

Check out the Remezcla list of the Top Eleven Latino Films of 2011 That You Probably Didn’t See But Should (the story includes trailers for all of the films):

Texas will host its inaugural Leadership Institute for Women this summer, June 17-22

Texas will host its inaugural NEW Leadership Institute this summer, June 17-22!
NEW Leadership™ Texas, is a week-long undergraduate leadership development program for women that instills the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective political engagement and public policy leadership. NEW Leadership™ Texas is the first and only program of its kind in the state of Texas and is part of the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Development Network. The program challenges students to think critically and creatively about public policy and encourages them to make a commitment to public leadership early in their careers.

The summer program includes workshops for students to actively develop leadership skills such as public speaking and networking, as well as presentations from politically active women throughout Texas. Participants will also benefit from the Faculty-in-Residence, a group of women public leaders who serve as mentors for students throughout their stay.


NEW Leadership™ Texas is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any Texas college or university and Texas residents enrolled in out-of-state schools.


NEW Leadership™ Texas is free to attend. Housing, food, and all program materials are provided for the full six days of the program. Each participating college and university will be asked to contribute a $500 program fee per student to help offset programming costs.

Student Commitment

NEW Leadership™ Texas participants are expected to attend all summer institute sessions and live in the residence halls during the entire program.

Apply by March 11, 2012.

For more information, please visit: