Digital News Organization Reaches Local Community With Bilingual Reporting

April 5, 2018

Published with the International Journalists Network. 

When I tell people I report in English and Spanish for an NPR member station, they are usually surprised. As a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, I work for both Reno Public Radio(KUNR) and Noticiero Móvil — a bilingual Spanish-English digital news organization run by the Reynolds School of Journalism.

After wrapping up the collaborative project’s first full year, my colleagues and I reflected on what we have learned so far: (more…)

Self-Deportation: From Nevada to Mexico, A Son Follows A Deported Father

March 7, 2018

Published with the Reynolds Media Lab.

After his father was detained by ICE, Victor Hugo Manuel Alcantara self-deported from Las Vegas, Nevada, to San Francisco Cheje, Mexico, to keep his family together. Article by Natalie Van Hoozer with additional reporting by Guillermo Bautista.

A One-Way Ticket After High School Graduation

A few days after his high school graduation in Las Vegas, Victor Hugo Manuel Alcantara and his mother Yolanda Alcantara Gil booked one-way tickets to Mexico. (more…)

Charo Henriquez on Bilingual Reporting, Crisis Coverage in Puerto Rico and Newsroom Diversity

November 14, 2017

Originally published on the Reynolds Media Lab. 

Natalie Van Hoozer recently caught up with senior editor of digital storytelling and training at the New York Times Charo Henriquez at ONA 2017.

Note: This interview was translated from Spanish and has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Q: What was your motivation to start a career in journalism?

I didn’t know that I wanted to be a journalist. Even when I was little, I really liked to write and thought that I’d be a writer. When I was looking at higher education possibilities for university, I thought of journalism. (more…)

2016 Caucus Coverage

Published February 21, 2016 by Teen Vogue. caucus-screen-grab-cropped

That’s right. We’re the best in the west. Nevada is the fist western state to caucus and third behind the New Hampshire primaries. While we’re miles away from all the action on the East coast, we set the tone for other caucuses moving forward. We don’t have as many delegates as other states, but what we do have matters. The people chosen to represent Sanders and Clinton in Nevada will go on to represent them at the national Democratic convention in Las Vegas later this year.

And perhaps because there are brightly lit casinos around us, if there had been a tie between Clinton and Sanders, precinct leaders would have drawn cards to break it, instead of flipping a coin like Iowa. Nevada is an incredibly diverse state; we have the highest number of undocumented citizens in the entire country… (more…)


This banner at UNR states the three goals of the Million Student March: Tuition free college, the cancellation of student debt and a $15 per hour minimum student worker wage. Photo by Natalie Van Hoozer.

From workers to politicians: Reno’s minimum wage debate

Renoites, from fast food workers to state politicians, are taking a stand on what the minimum wage should be.

Jessica Macias, employee of the Wendy’s restaurant chain, feels increasing the minimum wage would help Wendy’s employees in their struggle to cover living expenses. Macias said that, at the very least, $10 per hour would be an acceptable minimum wage for Wendy’s employees.

Currently, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for workers with health benefits and $8.25 per hour for those without. (more…)