Journalism | Periodismo
Journalism is an integral part of Under the Volcano’s three-week January residency. With inaugural leadership from Ginger Thompson, the program views investigative journalism as a crucial way to expose injustice and misinformation on both sides of the border.
We welcome working reporters committed to telling stories that matter, including applicants writing from or about areas of conflict or crisis. By bringing journalists together across borders in a community that also includes poetry and novelists, Under the Volcano offers solidarity, community, professional guidance and ongoing connection to accomplished peers.
Taken as a whole, our journalism program and masterclasses in literary non-fiction embody our commitment to what we call Writing of Witness and our core belief in freedom of expression.
in Journalism @UTV
Alicia Quiñones, coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of PEN International;
Angela Kocherga, news director and a correspondent for public radio station KTEP and professor of journalism at the University of Texas at el Paso.
What makes our journalism program unique
The passion behind the headlines…
Faculty member David Barstow and Breen Fellow Karla María Gutiérrez on why journalism matters.
We currently offer three full fellowships to our journalism master class—two for Mexican reporters in honor of Robert L. Breen, and the Truthteller fellowship for an English-language reporter. In addition, the International Women’s Media Foundation, through their Howard G Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, has agreed to cover tuition for two women or non-binary reporters once accepted to the program. Our Black Writers Matter Fund offers sliding scale support to qualified Black applicants (talent + need).
The Robert L. Breen Distinguished Journalist Speakers Series
Established with a generous gift from Mark and Sue Real, this series brings seasoned reporters from Mexico and the United States to Under the Volcano to share their expertise with the journalism master class, the general public and other interested program participants.
Recent Work by Our Journalism Alumni
Rebecca George (UTV2022) on False Conservation in the DRC
Rebecca George (UTV 2022, Journalism) writes about how terms like “protected land” and “conservation concessions” can be Orwellian doublespeak today
Gabriel Sandoval (UTV2022) Appointed ProPublica’s New Research Reporter
Gabriel Sandoval (UTV 2022, Journalism) has recently joined ProPublica as a Research Reporter
Tyrone Beason’s Latest in the Los Angeles Times
Catch the latest story by LA Times reporter Tyrone Beason (UTV 2017, Journalism)
Noche de Fuego Deserves to win at the Oscars
Sofía Aguilar (UTV 2022), in Latinamedia
“I got my first Mexico dateline! I couldn’t have done this reporting if not for the help and encouragement of my colleagues at UTV. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
“En tiempos oscuros para el mundo, Under the Volcano fue oasis y refugio para mí y mis letras. Ahora me siento parte de una verdadera comunidad de escritura con integrantes de todo el mundo.”
“As an independent journalist working on a labyrinthine project, I received invaluable guidance from Alfredo and Angela when I was unsure about the roads that lay ahead.”