Our second panel is on reporting the Texas/Mexico border. We’ll discuss the risks involved in reporting the border; the disconnect between what journalists see and what politicians tell us, particularly with regard to whether violence is, in fact, “spilling over the border”; and the controversial border wall.
The discussion will be moderated by event chair Alex Hannaford. As always, questions from the audience are encouraged, and the debate will continue afterward over a glass of wine (details below).
Cecilia Balli, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas has written magazine articles on border issues, illegal immigration and Mexico’s fight against drugs for Texas Monthly and Harper’s magazine and is currently working on a book about the murder of women in Juarez.
Melissa del Bosque spent five years in the Texas Senate as a communications director before joining the Texas Observer as a staff writer where she has tackled, among other things, the drug war, immigration and border violence.
Jeremy Schwartz was the south Texas reporter at the Corpus Christi Caller Times before spending four years as the Austin American-Statesman‘s Mexico correspondent based in Mexico City. He now lives in Austin.
Following the panel, attendees are encouraged to mingle with panelists, event organizers, and PWA members gathered for the organization’s monthly networking event. If you are not currently a PWA member and would like to be, click here.
February 28 at WriteByNight Headquarters. Panel at 6:30 p.m. Networking reception 8-9:30 p.m. $5 at the door (refreshments provided).
RSVP to the panel, networking reception or both here. Seating is first come, first served.