Student News Service Offers Reports From Border Region

News stories by University of Arizona School of Journalism students from the U.S.-Mexico border region are available to media outlets across the state from the newly named Arizona-Sonora News Service.

Students produce original content during the fall and spring semesters and also draw material from the UA School of Journalism media: The Tombstone Epitaph, El Independiente, Arizona Cat's Eye, The Cat Scan and Border Beat.

The service previously operated as ArizonaNewsService.com during the 2009-10 academic year. This fall the school chose to change the name and refocus its efforts on the border, said Bruce Itule, the UA journalism professor who oversees the news service.

"Given the intense interest nationally in the border regions, we thought this was an appropriate time to expand our coverage," Itule said. "We'll be covering southern Arizona from Tucson to the Mexican border and beyond."

Stories produced by Arizona-Sonora News Service have included features on the city of Tombstone's new mayor, a multimedia package on a target range in the Sonoran Desert and a hummingbird-banding project along the San Pedro River. The students' stories, photos, video and audio are all offered as a free service to media outlets.

Each Tuesday, ASNS e-mails a story budget to newspapers around the state. On Thursday, newspaper editors receive an e-mail containing links that enable them to download stories and images.

By University Communications October 22, 2010