Border coverage at NPR and LATimes


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NPR has been airing a series this week about the border called “The U.S.-Mexican Border: A Changing Frontier.” So far, the stories have focused on deported immigrants, how Border Patrol agents track down undocumented border-crossers, and the widely-reported subject matter of “Drug Deaths, Violence Plague Border in Tijuana. While not necessarily “new” information, the series’ strength lies in pulling together stories from different parts of the border into a cohesive whole. Each morning, as I’m stuck in LA traffic, I look forward to being transported to another part of the border by NPR reporter Jason Beaubien.

Over the past six months, The Los Angeles Times has been publishing an ongoing series – “Mexico Under Siege. The drug war at our doorstep” – that includes the contributions of staff reporters north and south of the border. They recently created an attractive starting point for the series at this central location. The project includes an interactive map that shows where drug killings have taken place in Mexico, a multimedia photo gallery and a rolling ticker of the number of drug war-related deaths since January, 2007. The package also includes video interviews with border reporter Richard Marosi and Los Angeles-based reporter Sam Quinones, who covered Mexico extensively before being hired by the Times.

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One response to “Border coverage at NPR and LATimes

  1. Impressive it is, as an important and groundbreaking multi-media effort. But one has to in the end, wonder: Does it matter that much to the San Diego reader whether the decapitated victims were in El Florido or Lomas del Porvenir? I think in this new world we sometimes get blinded by technology and lose sight of content.

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