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Texas A&M-Kingsville lecturer selected for prestigious academy

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Nicole Perez Morris, journalism lecturer at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been chosen as one of only 12 journalism instructors from Hispanic-Serving Institutions across the United States to attend the Ninth Annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy in June at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Morris also is advisor to the student-run newspaper The South Texan, and First-Year Seminar Coordinator for the Center for Student Success.           

The Dow Jones News Fund provides a grant to allow Borderzine to organize this annual workshop, geared toward multimedia journalism instructors who teach at institutions with a large minority population. 

The week-long multimedia-journalism academy has a track record of eight years helping journalism educators acquire new skills in digital storytelling that they can use to help prepare the next generation of Latino college journalists. 

The goal of this experience is to learn and practice news reporting using a variety of digital equipment, software programs and platforms. Participating instructors are expected to translate this learning into training for their students, making them more competitive in the media industry. 

About Nicole Perez Morris

Nicole Perez Morris is currently serving as the First-Year Seminar Coordinator while also teaching the courses.  Morris was appointed to the position in August 2017. She also serves as journalism lecturer and adviser for the student-run newspaper, The South Texan

Morris serves on various committees on campus, including the Academic Assessment Committee, the Center for Student Success Advisory Board and STAR Sub Task Force Committee. She started at Texas A&M-Kingsville as a political science lecturer in August 2015. 

She is an alumna, having earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996 and her master’s degree in history and politics in 2015. She is currently working on a master’s degree in communications. 

Prior to joining Javelina Nation, Morris worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, earning prestigious awards from the Texas Press Association, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Texas Bar Association while owning and managing various newspapers, niche products and an online news website.


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