MIAMI, FL – March 21, 2018 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – DACA, Puerto Rico, #FakeNews, Trump, #MeToo and an unprecedented year of attacks against the Latino community have made the work of Hispanic journalists more challenging than ever before in American history.

These issues, plus the huge stakes of this year’s midterm elections, are the hot topics that dominate the agenda of the 6th annual Hispanic Journalists Showcase of Hispanicize 2018. One of the most formidable line ups of Hispanic journalists ever assembled will be converging at Hispanicize 2018 to tackle these issues including national news anchors and reporters from NBC News, CNN, Telemundo, Univision, NPR, and more.

“These are the times that try our Latino soul both as journalists and as human beings,” said Hugo, Balta, Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives at ESPN and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). “Our journalists track will help our industry assess how we’re navigating through these situations and what we’re going to do help everyone get a fair and balanced perspective about Latinos in America,” said Balta, who teamed up with Mekahlo Medina, immediate past president of the NAHJ and co-anchor of the NBC4 weekend morning news “Today in LA”, to co-curate the journalists showcase.

Among the journalists slated to speak are: José Díaz-Balart, Anchor Host for NBC News and Telemundo; Gadi Schwartz, Correspondent for NBC News and co-host of NBC News’ innovative Snapchat newscast, “Stay Tuned”; Michelle Morgante, Deputy Managing Editor, National Public Radio; Antoine Sanfuentes, Managing Editor for the White House and Capitol Hill, CNN; Natalia Jimenez, Senior Photo Editor, NBC News; Sandra Lilley, Managing Editor, NBC Latino; Jesse Rodriguez, Director of Booking, MSNBC New York; Mariana Atencio, National Corresponent, MSNBC; Leyla Santiago, Correspondent, CNN; Gloria Ordaz, Anchor, Noticiero Telemundo 51; David Rodriguez, Telemundo 51; Carlos Moreno, National Correspondent, Mundo Hispanico; Veronica Villafañe, Editor of Media Moves and Past President of the NAHJ: Jill Nicholson, Director of Customer Education, Chartbeat; Fernando Lopez, Deputy Editor, ESPN Deportes Digital; Nicole Pelaez-Dandrea, Sr. Deputy Editor, Newsroom and Integration, ESPN; Jennifer Marcial Osacio, Editor, El Sentinel; Fernando Huerto, Multi-Media Editor, Circa; Miguel Martinez Valle, Reporter, NBC10 Telemundo Philadelphia; Martin Munoz, News Digital Director, Telemundo; Alix Aspe, Digital Producer, Telemundo News; Silvia Salgado, Director of Digital integration, Univision; Fernando Foehn Hurtado, Multi-Media Journalist, Circa; and Evan Perez, Investigative Reporter.

Below is a day-by-day listing of the Hispanic Journalists Showcase sessions of the event:

Tuesday, April 17

— Live Streams. Threads. Stories: Native Social Media Journalism

— CNN: Facts First

— Latina Journalists in the Era of #MeToo

Wednesday, April 18

— The Latinozation of Social Journalism

— Make Success Measurable: Understanding Your Audience

Thursday, April 19

— Latinos in the Crossroads of Politics, Policy and Leadership Identity

— Influencing the Influencers

— En La Oscuridad/Puerto Rico

— A Conversation On Race, Identity and How They Are Viewed In The News


In addition to the sessions, journalists are also encouraged to participate in the Hispanicize Marketing and Communications Jobs and Career Fair for opportunities.

Job and internship applicants are welcome to submit their information for potential employers HERE. The resumes will be compiled and sent to recruiters from all the partner organizations and brands that applicants say they want their information submitted to. On Thursday, March 29, Hispanicize 2018 will distribute a comprehensive guide to all the jobs and/or internship opportunities that will be available as well as the mechanism for interviews that will take place onsite at the event.


The flagship sponsor of Hispanicize 2018 is Prudential Financial. Additional sponsors include Toyota, Universal Orlando Resort, HP, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Carnival Corporation, Wells Fargo, Walmart, United Airlines, República, Edelman, Publicis Groupe, Regions Bank, Cantu, the Greater Miami and Conventions Visitors Bureau, El Hint, Visit Philly, Israel Tourism, Telemundo, Microsoft, AARP, Suave, the Latino Museum, HCode Media, Cesare Salerno, Ford Fund, Gil Media Co, Boden, Havas Formulatin, NASCAR, SBS/La Music, Vioss, Otter Box, Anomaly, the City of Miami, Octopus Advertising Group, NBC News, CS Media Group, Calvert Foundation, Vioss, Hispanicize Wire, and Sensis.


Sponsorship information for the career fair and Hispanicize 2018 can be obtained by emailing [email protected] (See the Hispanicize 2017 recap video here:

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 9th year, Hispanicize 2018 Week ( (#Hispz18) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2018 is expected to draw more than 2,500 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis hotel, April 17-19, 2018.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen, Latina Moms, and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).