Launched by student leaders interested  in learning how to use social media to strengthen communication skills and amplify the immigrant perspective, Tu Voz Digital (TVD) is a community journalism project that engages production teams in using digital technologies to produce monthly live-steamed news and interviews for Spanish-speaking audiences. 

Tu Voz Digital is a space for learning, discussion and basic community journalistic creation. TVD 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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Each year, a new group of students joins the ranks of training in community journalism where they learn about different topics related to the production of interviews, content creation as well as media dissemination and the importance of narrative or storytelling. Students also learn leadership skills such as public speaking, intersectionality, teamwork, among other skills that allow them to maximize their potential to share stories and information with members of the community to which they themselves belong. Encuentro understands the importance of bridging the digital divide in our community, part of the organization's mission in recent years has been to strengthen areas of learning in technology so that students have the necessary computer skills to navigate in an increasingly technological society. For this reason, another essential component of the TVD training curriculum is computer skills. Within the training, students learn from the use of Google Drive as a work tool to the dissemination of media on social networks. Subsequently, students have the option of joining the production group where they dedicate themselves weekly to producing interviews through platforms such as Facebook Live where they interview members of the community, allied organizations, as well as professionals in different areas, among others. .  


Cecilia Chavez

I consider Albuquerque my home after living here for three decades, originally coming from South America. I am happy to be learning about community journalism with Tu Voz Digital! To have a channel and audience for important and helpful information, prepared and conducted by the immigrant community, is a great tool towards a better understanding of where we are, and how we, as a whole, contribute to make Albuquerque a welcoming city to all.

Elvira Gallegos

I am originally from Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua México. I grew up in a family of 7 sisters, my mother and father. I studied at the Normal Superior of Cd Juárez where I graduated as an elementary education teacher in 1984. I immigrated to the USA in 1985 and since then I have lived in Albuquerque N.M. with my husband and my two children. I currently have my own business which I started when I was diagnosed with lupus 12 years ago. Thanks to dedicating myself to the wellness and health industry, I have managed to control my medical condition since I have taken direct training with the doctors of the HERBALIFE company. I have been a student at Encuentro for more than 5 years and I have been able to live with extraordinary people like Veronica and Ilse, who have been patient with me as a student and have taught me with love and respect. My goal of belonging to TVD is to get even more involved with the community being a carrier of information and helping to tell the stories of my people.

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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

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.

Carmen Ruiz

Hello, my name is Carmen Ruiz. I am originally from Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. I immigrated to the United States with my family 16 years ago in search of a better future for our children. I studied high school in Chihuahua. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, I did not have the opportunity to study accounting as I had wanted. I currently work as a cashier in a supermarket. I have always liked learning, that is why I got involved with Tu Voz Digital, because of my desire to continue my education and serve others. I like to get involved with the community and it motivates me a lot to serve people in my community through this platform.