Welcome to the Colorado Migrahack!

Every team will work a little differently. Here’s a guideline to give you a sense of what your time with your team might look like. Feel free to change and improvise!

Suggested Timeline:


7:45 Doors open

8:30 Introductions and remarks from Estlow Lecturer and Anvil of Freedom Award Recipient Cindy Carcamo, renowned immigration reporter for the LA Times who has covered family separations for more than a decade

10:00 Introduction to the Migrahack with Arizona Migrahack organizer Professor Celeste Bustamante and “Colorado Immigration 101” with Professor Lisa Martinez (AAC 290)

10:30 Introduction from Colorado Media Project’s Sandra Fish, who demos datasets for Pro teams (those with a professional journalist); those not working with big data sets are dismissed to find a place to begin working with their own teams (choose any study room or space outside)

10:30 Teams: Introductions to your team members

11:00 – 12:30 Teams decide on a focus: “Pro” teams have a professional journalist who will take the lead in pitching story ideas.  For other teams, the team leader will focus on this question: how can you help other students to be better equipped to participate in conversations about immigration? What would they need to know? Look at the suggested list of possible “explainers.” Consider what kind of project your group might be best equipped to produce within the time limits. Anything is possible as long as the final project  (1) is consistent with the principles of mutuality and respect that are part of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, (2) makes reference to or incorporates information from at least one verified research report, (3) can be shared online, and (4) is completed by 5 PM.

Before noon, groups go over with the team their proposed schedule and make tentative assignments with responsibilities. Create a team google doc, then begin to research and share info from the data sets and resources to the team google doc. Think about how you could describe the team’s project in one line.

12:30 – 1:00 get lunch; continue to refine your topic idea (Faculty Team Leaders may leave at this time)

1:00 – 2 Team members: continue to research your topic. Some may work with large data sets to answer questions. Others may look at existing reports. If you need help, consult the floaters about what data might be available and how to locate it. 

2:00: DEADLINE: have your focus question/thesis statement/elevator pitch: what is your project’s one liner?

2:00 – 3:45 If you are working with data sets, you will want to continue to work with and build analytical tools.  If you are working with existing research reports, you’ll do more research to ensure that you have at least ONE statistic you will quote and you’ll continue to refine your focus question. Get a draft script written or infographic sketched.

4:00 – 6:00 All: attend the community roundtable. Hear insights from immigration experts and pitch your idea. Get insights on how your project could be used and by whom. Ask for contacts to flesh out the human dimensions of your story as appropriate. Get a sense of what needs to be included in your work to make it as informational and useful as possible to those you hope to reach.

6:00 – 6:30 Network/social time. Video/audio equipment available for interviewing experts and others.

6:30 – 7:30 Dinner and interviewing continues

7:30 – Adjust/refine your focus question and finalize your script or infographic draft. Fact check and grammar check. Begin to work on the final product. Those not doing the production work can be assigned to locate and curate additional links supporting your project. Look in the archives of the journalism organizations represented in the Migrahack and create links. Figure out where the final product will live. Talk with a member of the Migrahack Media Team about how your final product will be uploaded to the Colorado Migrahack website.


7:00-9:00  AM – breakfast for early morning workers; check in with floaters about your progress; get assistance. Develop supporting links as noted above (under 7:30).

9:00 DEADLINE: begin final production work now if you have not started already. Those not doing the production work can be assigned to locate and curate additional links supporting your project, esp within the archive of the journalist’s organization (e.g. create embedded links) dand can begin to design a landing page, plan social media campaign, and work on SEO. If you didn’t finalize where your final product will live, talk with a member of the Migrahack Media Team.

9:00 –  Recruit new members from Saturday-only participants if some of your team members are not able to be with you today. If you have a person with video editing expertise on your team, consider taking a field trip to do on-the-street interviews, but be sure to leave time to edit!

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch break and DEADLINE: quick check in among teams to report on your progress and see how your project relates to that of other teams for widest collective impact (elect one person from your team to be reporter/collector of info). Have one or more of your team members work with other teams on how your project might be linked to or reference theirs for maximum collective impact.

1:00 – 4:45 Final wrapping of project. What does your multimedia producer need to help them complete this project? If you are not directly involved in the production at this point, consider what can you do to support this project’s distribution: connect to other social media sites and online materials (SEO optimization), update Wikipedia pages that relate to what you’ve learned, prepare an email to leaders of organizations that might want to link to your project, share your project with Floaters to do a final quality and fact check before presentation.

Once your project is completed, bring it to Ethan Crawford and the Migrahack Media Team for uploading onto the Colorado Migrahack website (NOTE: Pro teams may choose to produce a teaser or trailer to share info on work-in-progress and save the final release for their outlet)

4:50 some of your team members will want to go to HRTM to secure a table spot and write your project’s title on a poster for the presentation. 

5:00 DEADLINE: get the final project to Ethan Crawford and the Migrahack Media Team for uploading. Bring your laptop. We’ll have some headphones as needed but teams may want to bring their own.

5:00 – 7:00 Have a cocktail/mocktail and hors d’ouevres as we learn from Chef Adan Medrano, who will kick off the evening with a presentation and tasting titled, “Cooking as an aesthetic practice of resistance and celebration.” Then, team members will take turns leaving their poster and project to learn about the final products of other teams. Bring to this gathering any materials you want to share about events that this group should know about as we imagine collectively how we can move the conversation forward from here!

We recognize that most team leaders can be with their teams only for the very beginning of a long process. Please let the team know when you will be leaving and when you are leaving, direct them to the Floaters (event organizers) who can help them find what they need. If you become aware of any concerns, please share those with the organizers before you leave. 

Thank you so much for being a part of the Colorado Migrahack!