Saturday, March 4, 2023 | University of New Mexico

Immigration Reporting Tools for Journalists: Tips and tools for powerful immigration reporting in your community

Immigration Reporting Tools for Journalists is a three-hour training workshop for journalists on how to use data tools and research sites to enhance immigration reporting at the local level. Training will cover U.S. Census data on immigration at the community level and other valuable research sites and search tools. Experienced journalism trainers will lead you on a data-finding expedition, and you will leave the workshop with tips and ideas for compelling immigration storytelling.

This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with the NAHJ New Mexico ChapterSPJ–Rio Grande ChapterUniversity of New Mexico, with support from Poynter and Catena Foundation.

LOCATION: University of New Mexico, Communication & Journalism Building.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 AM to Noon

This in-person workshop is free and open to all journalists. There will be no virtual component.


D’Vera Cohn is a nationally recognized journalist and researcher on demographics and immigration data trends.  She is a former editor/researcher at Pew Research Center and previously reported for The Washington Post, where she was the lead reporter for the 2000 Census and frequently wrote about demographic data. She is a former Neiman Fellow. 

Russell Contreras is a justice and race reporter for Axios. He previously spent 12 years at The Associated Press, covering immigration, issues around Latino civil rights, racial conflict in the American Southwest, and the legacy of slavery and racial segregation in modern politics. Before that, he also worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe and the Albuquerque Journal. 

Zita Arocha is a bilingual journalist, writer, and educator. She developed the Poynter online self-directed course on immigration reporting––“Understand Immigration from the Border to the Heartland,” and is the founder of at UTEP, where she taught multimedia journalism for two decades. She has reported on immigration and Latino issues for The Miami Herald, Washington Post, and other national publications. 

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to [email protected].


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