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NEH selects UTEP Professor Zita Arocha as Summer Scholar

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that The University of Texas at El Paso’s Zita Arocha, associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication, will be one of 30 NEH Summer Scholars to participate in a four-week study seminar at the University of Tampa in Florida.

Arocha, an award-winning bilingual journalist, will be part of the summer institute titled “José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century.”

The Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate will direct the program that will run from June 17 to July 12, 2019.

Marti, a journalist, poet and politician, was a Cuban revolutionary hero. Considered by some the father of the nation, he lived most of his life in exile to include at least a decade in New York City, where he published the pro-independence newspaper Patria.

Arocha said she planned to use her time as a scholar to study the role immigrant newspapers in Florida had in building public support for the cause of Cuban independence.

She plans to share what she learns with her UTEP students to help them understand the role and significance of the immigrant press in U.S. democracy.

“I have spent most of my journalism career writing about Latino and other immigrant communities in the United States, and the institute will allow me to study the significant role played by immigrant newspapers throughout our history to present an alternative reality than that presented by mainstream newspapers,” Arocha said.

The NEH will conduct 10 seminars and institutes this summer around the country that will involve approximately 220 participants. The endowment will cover the travel, lodging and other study-related expenses of its summer scholars, who must be college or university teachers.

Arocha, who worked as a reporter for more than 20 years at such publications as The Washington Post, has taught at UTEP since 2004. The native of Cuba is the director and founder of borderzine.com, a multimedia web magazine produced by UTEP students.

UTEP’s Chiecchi Named to NAHJ Hall of Fame

Dino Chiecchi, UTEP associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication, is one of five top journalists, academics and documentarians in the United States to be selected for induction into the 2017 National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 9 during the NAHJ convention in Anaheim, California.

Chiecchi is a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry. He began his newspaper career at the El Paso Herald-Post and then went on to work in reporting and management positions at the Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

Chiecchi joined UTEP in 2016, where he teaches multimedia reporting and photojournalism.

A former president of the NAHJ, Chiecchi is the immediate past president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and a former national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to Chiecchi, the other 2017 NAHJ inductees include: Andrés Cediel, journalist and documentary producer; Jodi Hernandez , NBC Bay Area News general assignment reporter; Nancy Rivera Brooks, Los Angeles Times assistant business editor; and Federico Subervi, Ph.D., researcher and scholar on Latino media and audiences at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.

“The board unanimously approved five candidates that I look forward to celebrating this September at the national convention in Anaheim, California,” stated Brandon Benavides, President of NAHJ.  “With diverse backgrounds, these individuals have made contributions that continue to impact and benefit our colleagues and industry for the better.”

The NAHJ is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the U.S. and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry.

Created in 2000, NAHJ’s Hall of Fame honors those journalists whose efforts either nationally or locally have resulted in a greater number of Latinos entering the journalism profession or have helped to improve news coverage of the nation’s Latino community.

Last year, UTEP Associate Professor Zita Arocha was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame.

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