MIAMI, FL – April 1, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Today, the 2014 State of Hispanic Journalists Report: Hispanic Journalists’ Beliefs about their careers, tech and social media was presented at a panel at the 5th Annual Hispanicize 2014 conference

The panel moderated by Francisco Cortes, Vice President, included representatives from Cal State Fullerton: Dr. Dean Kazoleas and Inez Gonzalez; Florida International University: Dean Raul Reiss; National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ President Hugo Balta, and Manny Ruiz co-founder of Hispanicize.

The results of this survey provide an accurate “snapshot of the perceptions” held by Latino Journalists in the United States and Puerto Rico. The results indicated that Latino journalists were “guardedly optimistic” about the climate for Hispanic journalists and their careers, with perceptions driven by both recent downsizing in the media industry and the great potential for entrepreneurism provided by the explosion of digital Media. Important trends were identified in the top issues facing U.S. Latino journalists in the next five years, those include: 1) Technology: the challenges and opportunities that technology is presenting Latino journalists, specifically the need for training on a multitude of digital tools to create and manage content and platforms; 2) Economics: media consolidation, downsizing, and the need to do more with less resources; 3) Demographic shifts: the ongoing discussion about language preference; and the growing opportunities for proficient bilinguals; 4) Politics and policy: immigration reform; the believe that Latinos are the “other” and not part of this county; 5) Diversity: lack of diversity at top levels of newsrooms was also a theme.

This was the first of what will become an annual survey that will monitor the challenges and opportunities facing U.S. Latino journalists.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Hispanicize Wire, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Florida International University (FIU) teamed up to launch this groundbreaking survey to uncover Hispanic journalists’ beliefs about their careers and their use of social media and technology. The 31 item survey targeted U.S. Latino and Puerto Rico-based journalists who produce content for Hispanic and non-Hispanic media outlets alike. The online survey was promoted nationally through Hispanicize Wire as well as thru the NAHJ. The scientific survey effort was led by the Latino Communications Initiative (LCI) at CSUF.

To review the 2014 State of Hispanic Journalists Report Fact Sheet click here.

Sponsorship and Registration Information
The presenting sponsor and exclusive beauty care sponsor of the event is Procter & Gamble. As of today, other announced sponsors include: 3M, Toyota, Walt Disney World, Google, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Gain, Sherwin-Williams, Crest, Home Depot, Coffee-mate, Burson-Marsteller, Transitions, Fox News Latino, NASDAQ’s GlobeNewswire, Vme TV, Florida Blue, The Zocalo Group, Visit Philadelphia, Sensis Agency, Hispanicize Wire, Textter, Balsera Communications, El Sol Newspaper, Traffic Sports, Pinta, Latinum Network, Center for American Progress, BodenPR, República, Thomas & LoCicero, Startup Angels, VPE Tradigital Communications and other consumer products, food and travel brands who will shortly be disclosed. Media partners include Being Latino, NPR’S Latino USA, Latin Heat, Media Moves, PRODU, OVN Latino and iBlog Magazine.

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

About Hispanicize 2014
Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize 2014 ( (#Hispz14) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, technology, film and music.

Co-chaired by award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA and Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group of Toyota Motor North America, Hispanicize 2014 is expected to gather more than 1,700 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, technology, music, marketing, film and business over four full days. Featuring U.S. Hispanic thought leaders and celebrities, the 5th anniversary edition of Hispanicize will be taking place at the InterContinental Miami hotel with several offsite events at major cultural venues.

The 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.

Hispanicize 2014, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the InterContinental Miami hotel, April 1-4, 2014 in downtown Miami.

About California State University Fullerton
The College of Communications at Cal State Fullerton, with more than 3,800 students, is one of the largest and most comprehensive communications colleges in the Western US, and ranks first in awarding communications degrees to Hispanic students in California. The college delivers an affordable and quality education to a diverse group of students. The college’s three departments − Communications, Human Communication Studies, and Radio-TV-Film − feature accomplished faculty and researchers. Through a talented student population, an alumni network of 26,000 and practical industry partnerships, the college prepares graduates who fuel the communications workforce of our region and beyond.

About the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of Hispanics in the news and communications industry. NAHJ founded in 1984 also advocates for the fair and accurate representation and treatment of Hispanics in media.

About The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University (SJMC)
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University (SJMC) is at the vanguard of pioneering communication programs led by a talented group of global educators and professionals. Accredited by the ACEJMC since 1991, the SJMC has a rich history of award-winning students, faculty and alumni with prestigious accolades and a strong commitment to top quality research and innovative thinking. With over 2,000 students and more than 7,000 successful alumni, the school offers 60+ graduate and undergraduate courses in advertising, broadcasting, digital media, journalism, mass communication, public relations and visual communication.

About Hispanicize Wire
Miami-based Hispanicize Wire ( is an innovative and economical multimedia press release wire platform tailored to serve small businesses, brands, marketing agencies and non-profit organizations.

Hispanicize Wire offers comprehensive national, state and city-specific distributions to U.S. Hispanic/Puerto Rico media and bloggers. The Latino newswire platform offers clients a wide range of budget-friendly multimedia capabilities and online guaranteed placements that are priced at a fraction of what traditional wire services cost.