MIAMI, FL – February 26, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Leaders from Hispanicize 2016 and from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) today unveiled the speakers and sessions of the inaugural NAHJ convention for Spanish-language journalists that will take place within Hispanicize Week, April 4-8 in Miami.

Presented by Prudential Financial, the bilingual 2016 convention consists of a multi-faceted, multi-day platform that includes in-depth social media training for reporters, a student journalist news project, a day devoted to exploring issues that impact Latinos in media and the third annual Media Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Hispanic Journalists.

“Hispanicize is the perfect stage for launching a Spanish-language convention that many of our members have been requesting for a long time,” said Mekahlo Medina, president of the NAHJ.

“We’re honored to collaborate with NAHJ to show the power of our unity and to provide journalists with great, empowering content that is in language and in culture,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of the Hispanicize event. “All journalists attending the convention will get VIP, full access to virtually all Hispanicize sessions and events.”

Building on a legacy of top journalists that in the past has included Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, Maria Elena Salinas, Mercedes Soler, Maria Hinojosa and Soledad O’Brien, among others, the bilingual Hispanic Journalists Showcase will also feature past winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Awards and more.

(Hispanicize 2016, the annual Latino trends event, will take place April 4-8 in downtown Miami’s InterContinental Hotel; register here

NAHJ Student Journalist Project

Hispanicize 2016 and NAHJ will also host an NAHJ Student Journalist Project that will pair students from universities across the country with full time journalists to produce daily news content from the event. This year’s NAHJ Student Journalist Project at Hispanicize is being curated by Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN and immediate past president of the NAHJ.

A Who’s Who of Hispanic Journalists

This year’s roster of journalism showcase speakers includes news anchors, top reporters, commentators, researchers and leaders. In addition to Medina and Balta, the 2016 journalist showcase will feature: Rick Jervis, National Correspondent, USA Today; Nina Terrero, Correspondent, Entertainment Weekly; Adrian Carrasquillo, Latino Coverage Editor, Buzzfeed; Francisco Cortes, Vice President, Fox News Latino; Alan Gomez, Miami Bureau Chief, USA TODAY; Hatzel Vela, Reporter, WPLG-TV; Mimi Whitefield, National Correspondent, Miami Herald; Mariana Atencio, Reporter, Fusion; Grace Solorzano, Reporter, Telemundo Miami; Fernando Peinado, Political Reporter, Univision Noticias; Francisco Pelayo, Senior Elections Coordinator, Univision Noticias; Freddy Rolon, Vice President Of Programming And Business Initiatives, ESPN Deportes; Roberto Vizcon, Director, Univision 23; Alex Vros, Deputy Editor, Fox News Latino; Raul Dopico, Social Media Editor/Producer, Telemundo 51; Myriam Marquez, Executive Editor, El Nuevo Herald; Mindy Marques, Executive Editor, The Miami Herald; Carlos Caban, Deputy Editor Digital & Print, ESPN, Mario Fraticelli, Director of Editorial Operations, ESPN Deportes; Cindy Rodriguez, Senior Editor, Café Mom; Jordy Melendez, Director, Factual; Fernando Ramirez, Multi-Platform Journalist, Telemundo Networks; Nuria Net, Editor, Social Storytelling & Special Projects, Fusion; among others that will be named.

Media Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Hispanic Journalists

Recognizing the challenging layoffs and furloughs many journalists are facing, Hispanicize 2016 will host its third annual Media Entrepreneurship for Hispanic Journalists Boot Camp Day in Spanish on Friday, April 8th.

(View the Hispanicize 2016 Preview Video here:

Hispanic Journalist Showcase Highlights and Sessions

Below is day-by-day schedule of the Hispanic Journalist Showcase of the event. Note that this schedule is subject to change. (To view the constantly updated schedule, download the Hispanicize 2016 event app on iTunes, Android, BlackBerry)

Monday, April 4

— Social Media Training for Spanish-language Journalists (En Español)

Tuesday, April 5

— Fireside Chat Series

— Covering Cuba: The pitfalls, challenges, risks & rewards for journalists covering one of the hemisphere’s most intriguing stories

— Elección 2016: Redes sociales

— Impulsando la innovación

— Preferencias en redes sociales

Wednesday, April 6

— Fireside Chat Series

— El teléfono como prioridad

— Pinterest Para Periodistas

— Bootcamp: Periscope

Thursday, April 7

— Fireside Chat Series

— Fuentes de investigación 

— Periodismo latinoamericano y audiencias Latinas: Cruzar las fronteras

— Video de calidad con tu teléfono

— (En Español) YouNow: The Journalists’ Guide to Self-Broadcasting

Friday, April 8

— Fireside Chat

— Podcasts: Desarrollo de una voz

— Las mejores aplicaciones para periodistas

— Media Entrepreneur Stories (En Español)

Credentials for Journalists Covering the Event

Journalists who wish to actually editorially cover the event may request media credentials. To request those credential please visit (Media business executives do not qualify for the special journalist rates).

Sponsorship and Registration Information

In addition to Prudential Financial the Hispanicize NAHJ Spanish-language journalist conference is sponsored by MSNBC, NBC News, Telemundo, The Miami Herald Media Company, CNN en Español, Diario Las Americas and Fox News Latino.

As of today, announced sponsors also include: Toyota, Que Rica Vida, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Dominican Republic Tourism, Kelley Blue Book,, Comcast, Pinterest, Visit Philly, Alma, República, Sensis, BTL Network, IZEA, Paco Collective, BodenPR, Newlink Americas, Pinta, and Raydr.

Additional media partners include: The Miami Herald, Hispanicize Wire, PRODU, El Sentinel, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Media Moves, Geoscape, iBlog Magazine, Black Enterprise and Digital Trends en Español.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779. To reserve a hotel room visit

About Hispanicize
Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week ( (#Hispz16) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2016 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

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