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Journalism students produce El Nuevo Tennessean

Published: Sunday, December 2, 2012

Updated: Sunday, December 2, 2012 21:12

Students in journalism, broadcasting and Spanish classes at East Tennessee State University have again collaborated to produce the 13th edition of the bilingual news project, El Nuevo Tennessean.

El Nuevo Tennessean is online at

Mary Alice Basconi’s In-Depth Reporting class researched and wrote the stories and provided photography. Katrina Heil’s Applied Spanish: Introduction to Translation class in the Department of Literature and Language served as cultural consultants to student reporters, and also created Spanish versions of each article. Mary Alice Basconi’s Copy Editing class provided editing, and Martha Milner’s Newspaper Design class created page layouts.

“This interdisciplinary project allows ETSU students to get out of the classroom and learn first-hand about the diversity of cultures in East Tennessee,” said Dr. Ardis Nelson, founding editor of the project and director of the LCRC. “The El Nuevo Tennessean celebrates that diversity and shows appreciation for the contributions of our Hispanic community.”

Graduate student Julia Ledesma de Rusiñol of the LCRC edited the Spanish version. Martha Milner, design instructor and adviser to the East Tennessean, directed the layout. Lakeway Publishers of Morristown contributed printing and distribution.

El Nuevo Tennessean was created with two purposes: to inform the Spanish-speaking community about services and resources in the area, and to inform the resident population about the culture and contributions of the Hispanic population.

The bilingual newspaper project allows students from various fields of study to enhance their communication ability and research skills.

It has fostered partnerships between the university and the community, and has been a language tool in area classrooms. Other programs have been developed in association with El Nuevo Tennessean, including the Applied Spanish Minor academic program, which institutionalized community outreach.

The magazine is available free at markets in Northeast Tennessee and through ETSU’s Language and Culture Resource Center, 219 Campus Center Building, ETSU, telephone 423-439-8342.

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