South of the Border

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El Angel photo in public domain

The Associated Press bureau in Mexico City overlooks El Ángel — the monument to Mexican independence that is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

As a former AP editor stateside, I enjoyed touring the modern AP headquarters that provide coverage of Latin America to the world. Bureau Chief Traci Carl was generous with her time in describing to a small group of us how 16 AP reporters cover Mexico today, with news copy in both English and Spanish.

Mexico certainly needs the intervention of an angel right now. Carl says a common saying in Mexico is that when the United States catches a cold, Mexico gets the flu.

The economies of both nations are sick, and Mexico also faces escalating plagues of drug trade and violence. “Police say they are outgunned,” Carl told us. “Mexico has restrictive gun laws, but guns are being smuggled across the border from the U.S.”

Mexico City was the destination for the winter workshop of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, which consists of deans and other program leaders. The theme was understanding journalism and communication practices and higher education in Mexico.

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