American Studies
American Studies

Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez


Affiliate FacultyPh.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Professor, Journalism, Center for Mexican Amerian Studies
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

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Rivas-Rodriguez has more than 17 years of daily news experience, mostly as a reporter, for the Boston Globe, WFAA-TV in Dallas and the Dallas Morning News. Her first job was as a copy editor for UPI in Dallas. She served as the Morning New U.S.-Mexico border bureau chief, based in El Paso.

Her research interests include the intersection of oral history and journalism, U.S. Latinos and the news media, both as producers of news and as consumers. Rivas-Rodriguez founded the Voces Oral History Project (formerly the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project) in 1999, which has videotaped interviews with over 960 men and women throughout the country. Stories based on those interviews are written mostly by UT journalism students, as part of their coursework. The project has several components designed to reach audiences ranging from school children, to academics, to the general public. Voces has organized conferences, produced books and mini-documentaries, co-produced a two-act play, (through Arizona State University Public Events and the University of Texas' Performing Arts Center), created educational materials. Voces has become an international resource for documentary film producers, scholars, journalists and the general public. It is supported by grants, state funds, and private donations.

Rivas-Rodriguez has been active since her college years in volunteer efforts to bring greater diversity to the news media. She was on the committee that organized and founded the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 1982. She began one of the NAHJ's most successful student projects: a convention newspaper produced by college students and professionals. The convention newspaper became the model for other industry organizations (ASNE, NABJ, AAJA) as a way to develop mentoring relationships and to train students.

She received her Ph.D. as a Freedom Forum doctoral fellow from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her masters is from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and her bachelor of journalism degree is from the University of Texas at Austin.

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MAS 374 • Cover Latino Commun In Us

36023 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA A3.112

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MAS 374 • Cover Latino Commun In Us

35785 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 228

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MAS 374 • Covering Us Latino Community

36185 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CMA A3.108

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MAS 374 • Covering Us Latino Community

36380 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SZB 422

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MAS 374 • Covering Us Latino Community

36865 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CMA A3.128

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MAS 374 • Covering Us Latino Community

36395 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CMA A3.128

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MAS 374 • Narrative Journalism-W

32635 • Fall 2003
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM CMA A4.316

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MAS 374 • Narrative Journalism-W

31685 • Spring 2002
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM CMA A4.316

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MAS 374 • Narrative Journalism-W

31652 • Spring 2001
Meets M 1:00PM-3:00PM CMA A4.316

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MAS 374 • Community Journalism-W

32175 • Fall 2000
Meets M 11:00AM-2:00PM CMA A4.308

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MAS 374 • Community Journalism-W

31505 • Spring 2000
Meets M 10:00AM-1:00PM CMA A4.316

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