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For Journalists

Cross-Border Issues Group materials typically come from primary-sources that are consulted, recorded, photographed or videotaped by CBIG students, staff and faculty involved in journalism or other types of academic programs.  CBIG adheres to journalistic standards in its information gathering. The information, photos and videos created by CBIG personnel are generally protected by an “Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons" copyright license, which makes them available for journalistic purposes. 

Creative Commons License

CBIG students, faculty and staff sign agreements that grant non-exclusive rights to use each other’s materials generated during CBIG programs for non-commercial purposes, which include journalistic, educational and research purposes.  Journalists may use excerpts, “remix, tweak, and build upon” CBIG materials in non-commercial works, provided the Cross-Border Issues Group is acknowledged for creating the imagery or excerpts in the journalists’ works.  If journalists have questions regarding use of CBIG materials, they should contact Richard Schaefer at:   505-836-3673 or

CBIG generally includes less than a quarter of its imagery and less than half its printed materials on the Cross Border Issues Group / Grupo Transfronterizo Web site, so journalists and researchers may want to contact Richard Schaefer to determine if there are CBIG materials that might address their needs even if they do not see such materials on CBIG Web pages.