cOMMUNITY JOURNALISM 

cOMMUNITY JOURNALISM 

eNCUENTRO IS OPENING DOORS TO COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

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Tu Voz Digital is a community journalism project created by Encuentro with the intention of empowering the community through journalism.

Tu Voz Digital is a space for learning, discussion and basic community journalistic creation. We seek to achieve this community empowerment through journalism training and coordination with groups of immigrant leaders capable of producing informative blogs with a wide range of format and content, audio, visual and written. The content primarily focuses on stories about the meaning of the immigrant struggle in New Mexico, including the experiences of Encuentro students, their contributions as participants in society, and their own evolution and development. In addition, it promotes the richness of our cultures, our daily struggle, and the pride we feel in our lives.

This year, Encuentro is proud to present its group of community journalists, who produce (through a 3-step process: preparation, creation and editing) interesting blogs \ interviews with topics of interest to our community and whose content is exposed on the digital platforms of Encuentro each month. They represent the voice of the immigrant in New Mexico.

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THE TEAM

Mario Aguilar

Mario Aguilar

My Name is Mario Aguilar, I was born and raised in Mexico and currently I live in the USA since 1988. I am currently studying  at Encuentro taking English and business classes. I have worked for nearly 14 years as a radio host in different Spanish stations. I’m an active volunteer with the El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos (Center for Equality and Rights)improving my role as leader. I am currently a community journalist are Tu Voz Digital and thanks to that, I have the opportunity to keep practicing my broadcaster experience in services to my community by interviewing important personalities from the political and community field and exposing them on social networks by being the voice of my people.

Josefina Gallardo

Josefina Gallardo

Hello, my name is Josefina Gallardo. I’m 47 years old. I’m from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua and migrated to Albuquerque in 2003. I started doing volunteer work on many organizations first of all, to inform myself and then to inform my people  about all the issues that affect us as a community. I’m currently an active member of El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos as well as part of the community journalism project, Tu Voz Digital of Encuentro. I feel very proud of being part of this amazing organization as child care teacher.

Ilse Grijalva Lastiri

Ilse Grijalva Lastiri

Communications Manager

My name is Ilse Grijalva, I was born in Cuidad Delicias, Chihuahua and have been living here in Albuquerque for nearly 10 years. During those years, I have been actively involved with many other organizations as a volunteer. I have experience as a health promoter and consular agent. Currently, I’m the Communications Coordinator for Encuentro and am the person in charge of the Encuentro’s community journalism project “Tu Voz Digital”. My experience in the field of communications has been in radio (AM and internet), as well as written media production (magazines), social media management and story development. What I like the most about my position at Encuentro is the opportunity that I have to continue developing my communication skills at the same time that I keep working with my community promoting social justice.

Leslie Padilla

Leslie Padilla

Hello, my name is Leslie Sarahi Padilla and I was born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. I came to the United States at the age of 7 accompanied by my mother and two brothers. I am a certified massage therapist by the Crystal Mountain Massage therapy school and I am on the way to obtaining my certification as a translator. I am passionate about music that is why I have the ability to play the piano among other instruments. I am relatively new to the community and I approached it precisely because of my interest in helping people and what better way than doing it through Tu Voz Digital where I have the opportunity to be an informative channel for the community to which I have belonged for many years. I am very excited to be part of this project and to have the correct information and training in my hands to be able to share the information and resources that the community needs.

Guille Quiroz

Guille Quiroz

My name is Guille Quiroz, I’m originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. I work in the healthcare area as a medical interpreter at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. News is part of my life to help me understand my surroundings and the world. I realized when I was young that news and media are strong powers that influence our thoughts both culturally and socio-politically; they have been manipulated and most times they don’t cover perspectives of our communities’ struggles. This is why I participate in ‘Tu Voz Digital’, to contribute in giving strength to the voice of our immigrant community within Encuentro.

Maricela Ramirez

Maricela Ramirez

Hello, my name is Maricela Ramirez. I was born and raised in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. I have been living in USA for 37 years. I have 5 kids: 2 girls and 3 boys. I have 10 grandchildren, and am married toNoe Hernandez. I have 6 brothers and 1 sister. I have been working for the community for so many years and I consider myself a good communicator. I used to work as a teacher assistant for 12 years and now I’m here working with Tu Voz Digital where I can keep doing what I like and keep learning all things related to community journalism.