‘Mexodus’: Student journalists chronicle border issues

A bilingual student reporting project spotlights the flight of middle-class Mexican families, professionals and businesses from the violence of drug cartels.

Dominican Sisters Rene Weeks and Maureen Gallagher. CNS photo/Diana Parra, Borderzine

Mexodus” includes videos, slideshows, photos, info graphics, charts and 20 stories — including the tale of Dominican nuns from El Paso, Texas, who regularly cross the border to Ciudad Juarez to help poor families. Another tells how Catholic schools in the Diocese of El Paso are helping students fleeing Juarez.

The project was produced by nearly 100 student journalists from four universities: University of Texas El Paso, California State University Northridge, and Tecnologico de Monterrey in Chihuahua and Mexico City.

“Mexodus” is a project of Borderzine, a web community for Latino student journalists. Among its features is the tale of a crumbling mission chapel in the Diocese of El Paso.