UNM News, Oct. 26, 2011

In this newscast, Reporters Josh Huggins, Sofia Sanchez and Barron Jones look at the Occupy Wall Street movement on the UNM campus.

Adriana Sanchez describes why New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was in the spotlight at the GOP Hispanic Leadership Conference held in Albuquerque.

Pol Nikulin and Adam Ornelas report that local mixed martial arts fighter Matt Leyva scored big for himself and his sport in Albuquerque.

And Adam Camp covers ROTC’s marathon run to bring the game ball to the UNM — NMSU football game.

Newscast runs 16:30;   Anchors:  Adam Camp and Sofia Sanchez;  Producer:  Josh Huggins.


Two Journalism Department Alumnae Reminisce

UNM women journalism students in the early 1950s.

by Adrianna McGinley, Journalism, Class of 2011

In four short videos Elaine Jackson Dickson, UNM Journalism class of 1951, and Nancy Gas Lewis, UNM Journalism class of 1953, describe their student experiences and careers after graduating with journalism degrees from the University of New Mexico. Topics include life at UNM, their teachers, careers, classmates and discrimination.

Adrianna McGinley, C&J class of 2011, and Yolanda Dominquez, UNM class of 1995, interviewed Jackson Dickson and Gas Lewis in August 2011. McGinley shot and edited the video with assistance from C&J faculty member, Richard J. Schaefer.

Early Days in the Journalism Program at UNM (8:50)

Life after Graduation from UNM (5:16)

Noted Early Journalism Alumni (:45)

Early Alums on Today’s Media (1:35)

Antonia Gonzales: Modern Day Storytelling

Anchor-Producer Antonia Gonzales reads the suggested news stories from a news reporters’ affiliate for the National Native News in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. Sept. 28, 2011. (Photo by Jaymee Bird)

by Jaymee Bird

The voice who shares the stories and history segments every day for the international radio broadcast National Native News is an Albuquerque resident and UNM alumna.  Antonia Gonzales has been producing and anchoring the daily radio show for the past six years.

National Native News (NNN) explores social, economic and cultural issues that affect the native community, as well as non-native people.  Being the only radio program delivered from a native perspective, NNN offers its listeners a different side of the news.  Native Voice One (NV1) distributes the five-minute daily program to over 130 radio stations across the country and in Canada.

Interested in the ways the drum beats for many native voices throughout the Indian Country, Gonzales was unsure of a career path to pursue in college. She took basic courses in mass communication, which ultimately led into a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico.

“I really like it. I liked reporting for class assignments,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales’ admiration for broadcast was influenced by local investigative reporter Conroy Chino, who became her mentor. He introduced Gonzales to the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) her final year at UNM.

“I went to the (NAJA) conference where I was with other native journalists, and they basically throw you in the fire. You’re just a student and they are ok here are assignments,” Gonzales said.

After completing her degree, Gonzales sent tapes to various broadcast corporations in hopes of starting her career. She landed her first job in Roswell, N.M. at KBIM, a local radio station, as a field reporter.

Gonzales in front of the Khoanic Broadcast facility in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sept. 28, 2011. (Photo by Jamee Bird)

Investigating news, she eventually joined the Native America Calling radio program as an associate producer for Koahnic Broadcast Corp., an Alaskan based radio organization with a production facility in Albuquerque. Gonzales made an impact on the corporation, landing a position to host today’s modern day storytelling to native peoples for the NNN radio program.

“As indigenous people, we should be the ones telling our stories. It should be coming from our perspective,” Gonzales said. “My job is specific; to cover indigenous people. ’Everything I am doing has an angle dealing with Native People.”

Being a Native American journalist, Gonzales has interviewed tribal elders, tribal leaders and tribal people in the United States and other nations. The stories covered in NNN give a world view of cross-cultural indigenous perspectives that mainstream media don’t convey. Gonzales uncovers ways to provides the world with stories regarding of indigenous peoples’ issues by sharing the Native peoples perspective on the world around them.

“Indigenous peoples were here before anybody else,” Gonzales said. “They have unique status and unique ties to this country that are hard for people to understand. So their issues are unique because of their unique circumstances.”

National Native News appeals to all walks of life not just indigenous people. Its news coverage brings native people and non-natives together to understand the unique relationships between each other.

Gonzales stays active in other outlets of Native American journalism; she is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and recently finished a three-year term as a board member. Her advice to students trying to pursue a career in journalism is to keep pursuing, find internships and a get a mentor.

Native American journalism becomes the modern day storytelling for native voices by sharing the perspective of the native people. Gonzales ensures indigenous stories and concerns are heard through National Native News. The Albuquerque radio station affiliate is KUNM, which airs Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. on FM 89.9, and is streamed online, helping listeners around the world  better understand the native people.

Katie Fosterling, Lillian Kelly and Richard Schaefer helped prepare this story for the web.

Progressive Gardens Give UNM Community Something to Howl About

Real estate development or "RED" garden

By Erin Zimmerer and Jamie Garcia

The Lobo Gardens effort saw its beginnings in December of 2009, when then freshman, Alex Borowski, took it upon himself to plant the first ever on-campus vegetable garden near the Hokona residence hall.

Shortly thereafter, Borowski was forced to uproot his garden by the University of New Mexico Physical Plant Department due to lack of permission, however, since then, Lobo Gardens have blossomed in four locations on and off campus, including the location of Borowski’s original garden.

The gardens operate as a part of the UNM Office of Sustainability and are run by Coordinator, Mona Angel, a graduate student at UNM. Angel is enthusiastic about spreading the word about the gardens even further through the university community, but as the gardens currently stand, they are active and thriving.

“The Lobo Gardens are open to everyone, and we hope that as time goes on more and more UNM departments will use them as an outdoor classroom.  We have five departments using them currently,” said Angel. “At any given time there are a variety of projects and students working in the gardens.  We are also working on outreach to let UNM students know more about them, and we have some great Lobo Gardens classes, which can be found on our website.

Lobo Gardens class at Spruce Park Community Garden

Courses dealing directly with the gardens for the 2012 spring semester will include: Growers’ Market Practicum (SUST 364), Sustainable Foodsheds (CRP 470), Anthropology & Local Small Farming 
(ANTH 340) and Permaculture Design I/II (SUST 402).

Angel said that all students are eligible to register for these classes, and encouraged to participate in sustainability and garden projects on campus and in the community regardless of their major.

“Over the course of the fall and spring semesters we have a series of Lobo Gardens Mini-Workshops where students can learn more about growing their own food in sustainable ways,” said Angel.

According to the group’s Facebook page, as the projects and gardens continue to expand, they hope to serve as “a learning site for younger school students (K-12) as an opportunity to participate in mentoring and pipeline experiences with university students.” They also want to expand local food production in Albuquerque and the greater New Mexico area.

Lobo Gardens mobile garden installation vehicle

“To make this happen,” said Dan Young, Director of the Research Service Learning Program, “we will be assembling a mobile garden installation vehicle with funding provided by the Albuquerque Community Foundation, which will travel to potential garden sites to help community partners with the heavy initial working of putting in a new garden.”

Students can work with the mobile garden installation vehicle as a part of a three-credit course called “Lobo Gardens,” which was first offered in the summer of 2010, and has gained momentum ever since.

To learn more about Lobo Gardens and view past and current projects, check out their Youtube video and websites.