Crossing Borders in the Americas: Knight Center to host digital photo exhibit, panel on media coverage of migration

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is hosting an innovative, all-digital photo exhibit and panel discussion on covering migration in the Americas as part of the 2011 Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas.

The panel, "Covering International Migration in Central and North America," is from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the LBJ conference room of the College of Communication building (CMA) on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Chaired by Charles Hale, the director of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the panel will include Julián Aguilar of the Texas Tribune; Cecilia Alvear of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and UNITY Journalists of Color; Oscar Chacón of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities; Fabián Sánchez of i(dh)eas, the association for strategic litigation for Central Americans in Mexico; and Jose Luis Sierra of New America Media.

The innovative digital exhibit of photographs on migration in the Western hemisphere, "Cruzando Fronteras en las Américas/Crossing Borders in the Americas," begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the CMA building.

Rather than a traditional display of print-outs, photos in this exhibit will be displayed digitally on large plasma screens. Work will be on display from photographers throughout the Americas, including Toni Arnau, Donna DeCesare, Irene Herrera, Felipe Jacome, Carl Juste, Lisa Krantz, Pepe Mateos, Edu Ponces, Eli Reed, Eduardo Soteras, and Nuri Vallbona.

The panel and photo exhibit are part of the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas: Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas, to be held Sept. 8-10, and organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Latin American and Media programs of the Open Society Foundations.