For the first time in the history of the Reynolds School of Journalism (RSJ) at the University of Nevada, Reno, undergraduate journalism students are hosting a bilingual Democratic debate watch party at 5 p.m., Oct. 13, at Antojitos Mexican Food located at 3374 Kietzke Ln.
Noticiero Movil is a student-driven non-profit media start-up, developing bilingual multimedia content ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The project was developed to serve the Latino community of northern Nevada by students studying social journalism through the Nevada Media Alliance at the Reynolds School of Journalism. The project is administered by the Online News Association with support from Excellence in Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation.
"Our hope by hosting this event is to reach out to the Latino community and let them know what we do at Noticiero Movil," Bria Hansen, a Reynolds School Journalism student, said. "It is important for us as an organization because we need to engage and connect with the Latino community in order to understand their needs leading to the 2016 election."
The Democratic debate watch party is the first "events journalism experiment" attempting to engage with the local Latino community in Washoe County.
"Being a part of such a new and cutting edge media start-up is not only exciting, but an amazing experience for everyone involved," Vanessa Vancour, coordinator of the Nevada Media Alliance, said. "Noticiero Movil's first event demonstrates that journalism students want to innovate new ways to engage and have a meaningful impact in the local community."
The event, organized and promoted entirely by RSJ students, will include a free Mexican food buffet, raffle prizes, free childcare for families and bilingual hosts throughout the debate.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with the debate expected to begin shortly thereafter.
The event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets may be reserved at democraticdebate.eventbrite.com.