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Showdown at the Border
Critical Issues in Covering U.S. Immigration and Border Policy

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Welcome to the Showdown at the Border: Critical Issues in Covering U.S. Immigration and Border Policy, a special online briefing conducted in partnership with Institute for Justice and Journalism/Western Knight Center at USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Professional journalists participated in this timely online discussion focused on the legislative, political and operational issues involved in U.S. immigration policy and its enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? The WKC and IJJ will take up to 20 professional journalists on a week-long immersion in immigration policy, practice and politics along the Mexican border in January 2006. If you would like future details about the seminar please email vporter@usc.edu

Immigration is back at the top of the political agenda and Congress is poised to consider the first major legislation in 15 years targeting immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the Mexican Border. This Online Briefing was designed to bring journalists quickly up to speed on the key political and legislative issues and provide a reality check on how policy is translated into action on The Border. We also explored stories left untold on The Border and highlighted examples of storytelling and reporting that go beyond agenda.

The Online Briefing was divided into two 90-minute segments:

  • Digging Below the Legislative and Political Spin
    Video of session (175MB Windows Media)
    Audio of session (40MB Windows Media)
  • Reporting Cutting Edge Stories from The Border
    Video of session (179MB Windows Media)
    Audio of session (40MB Windows Media)

To view the video, you need Windows Media Player, a free streaming video application available from Microsoft.

This short list of resources was referenced during the Webcast. Don't miss our extended list of immigration resources, links and documents.

Tip Sheet for Localizing and Understanding Immigration

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Digging Below the Legislative and Political Spin
    •  Marc Cooper, contributing editor, Nation magazine, columnist, L.A. Weekly, senior fellow for border justice and journalism, Institute of Justice and Journalism, USC
Immigration: The 15-Second Men, Los Angeles Times
"High Noon on the Border," The Nation
    •  Tamar Jacoby, senior fellow , Manhattan Institute
The conservative case for Bush's immigration plan, The Weekly Standard
Getting Beyond the 'A-Word', Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Immigration Reform: Politics and Prospects, American Enterprise Institute
    •  Daniel M. Kowalski, editor-in-chief, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Conceptual Immigration Overview (63 KB)
"No Contrast More Stark"
Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 21 "Identity"
     
11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Reporting Cutting Edge Stories from The Border
    •  Susan Carroll, immigration and border reporter, Arizona Republic
Drama in Desert, The Arizona Republic
Siege on Border, The Arizona Republic
State slow to investigate border-hopping students, The Arizona Republic
    •  Marc Cooper, contributing editor, Nation magazine, columnist, L.A. Weekly, senior fellow for border justice and journalism, Institute of Justice and Journalism, USC
"Lawnchair Militias; Surviving a Weekend with the Arizona Minutemen," L.A. Weekly
High Noon on the Border, The Nation
On the Minute Man Project, Los Angeles Times
    •  Justin Pritchard, news editor, Los Angeles bureau, The Associated Press
"Dying to Work," Associated Press (winner of the Polk award)
Pritchard’s Polk Award & Series with background on how the series was reported
    •  Michael Riley, immigration reporter, The Denver Post
Bill targets battle over borders, The Denver Post
Porous border stokes a crucible of pain and smuggling on tribal land, The Denver Post
Similar case, different priority, The Denver Post

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What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"This was an excellent seminar with a superb roster of speakers, the authorities on their subjects. It was a great source of story ideas, and the other fellows were as valuable as the speakers. Overall, an excellent, excellent program."
- Jonathan Groves, Springfield (MO) News Leader
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