Face-to-Face: Reporting on the Border

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Face-to-Face: Reporting on the Border
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Time Estimate:
One half-hour.

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Reporter Luis Chaparro’s life rarely goes as planned. When he was 19, he applied for a job delivering papers for El Diario de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Through some mistake, he was hired as a copy editor instead. In this session, he discusses the challenges of reporting in Ciudad Juarez, where getting an accurate story, and doing so ethically, puts reporters in grave danger. He says he has learned how to stay alive, and he tells the story that haunts him most.

The moment Chaparro turned on his webcam, the Face-to-Face team realized that he wasn’t in Juarez as planned. There, it would have been noon, but the scene behind him was a nightscape. An ambulance screamed past, and he yelled that he was in Geneva, Switzerland, at a U.N. Human Rights convention—a last-minute change of plan. The café he was sitting in was closing, so for much of the interview, he appears to be walking, hugging the wifi perimeter of the café as he tells us what it’s like to be a reporter on the border.

The journalist:

Luis Chaparro

Luis Chaparro is a correspondent in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for Efe International News Agency and a reporter for El Diario in El Paso, Texas, primarily covering drug trafficking and immigration. Chaparro’s work also has been published in El Colombiano, the main newspaper in Colombia; for Canadian-based Vice magazine; Voice of America from Ciudad Juarez; CNN, collaborating with journalists Alex Pena and Nick Valencia; and for BBC Radio London and NTN 24 Americas News.

What Will I Learn:
  • An understanding of the deeper issues of foreign correspondence
  • Big-picture issues of journalism’s role at home and abroad, such as ethics and press freedom
  • How to address concerns about your own potential future as a foreign correspondent
Who should take this course:

High school and college students who are looking to expand their view on what it means to be a correspondent in a foreign country, as well as teachers who want to help students develop their news literacy skills.

Training Partner:

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists puts students in touch with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Each month during the academic year, a newsmaker will speak live to hundreds of students in a virtual conversation that includes five schools—from high schools to universities.

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