Between Peril and Promise: Reporting Mexico in the Age of Narco War

November 8th, 2013


The University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College and UTSA Mexico Center will present Between Peril and Promise: Reporting Mexico in the Age of Narco War,” a pair of free, public seminars Nov. 11-12 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The seminars will expose the dangers and experiences faced by journalists who have reported on the Mexican drug war.

At 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, UTSA will offer a free screening of “Reportero,” a documentary produced by Mexican-born filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz. The documentary follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for news media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been killed or vanished since December 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, Dallas Morning News Mexico correspondent Alfredo Corchado will read from his new book, “Midnight in Mexico, a Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” The book recounts how Corchado witnessed and recorded the rise of the Narco War, even as his life was threatened. The book offers a charismatic testimonio of Corchado’s compromiso as a Mexican-born American journalist reporting on his “other” homeland.

Each event will be preceded by a 6:15 p.m. reception that is free and open to the public. Following each seminar, John Phillip Santos, UTSA Honors College Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, will interview each journalist. A question-and-answer session will follow. The Nov. 11 event will be in UTSA’s Buena Vista Theater. The Nov. 12 event will be in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria. Both events are at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

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