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President Trump, Border Wall, Virtual Reality, 360-Video and Drones Shape NAHJ en Español Convention of Hispanicize 2017

MIAMI, Jan. 26, 2017 -- President Trump, the Border Wall, virtual reality, 360-video and drones are among the hot topics for discussions and trainings at this year’s NAHJ en Español Convention at Hispanicize 2017. The eighth annual Hispanicize 2017 Week is taking place April 3-6 ( and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention for Spanish-speaking journalists is set from April 4th through April 6.

The bilingual 2017 convention consists of a multi-faceted, multi-day platform that includes in-depth social media training for reporters, a student journalist news project and several days of content devoted to exploring issues that impact Latinos in media.

“This year’s incredible program will equip Latino journalists in the midst of an unprecedented period in American history that requires them to be better than ever and to leverage technology like never before,” said Brandon Benavides, president of the NAHJ.

“As a former journalist, I know first hand how vital it is for the NAHJ and Hispanicize to offer this kind of in-depth, exciting program that is heavily tech focused, in language and in culture,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and CEO of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns Hispanicize Event. “Like digital creators, journalists are the lifeblood of Hispanicize and that’s why we’re especially proud to host them with empowering sessions, newsworthy content and even red carpet events they can enjoy.”

Building on a legacy of top journalists that in the past have 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. This year Hispanicize 2017 will also bestow its highest honor, the Latinovator Award, on Noticias Telemundo and NBC News anchor Jose Diaz-Balart who will receive the award on Wednesday, April 5th.

(Hispanicize 2017 will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis; reserve your room HERE. To register with the special NAHJ rate, working journalists can register HERE).

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 Benavides, the 2017 journalist showcase will feature: Adrian Carrasquillo, White House Correspondent, Buzzfeed News; Ed O’Keefe, Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post; Mekahlo Medina, NBC News Reporter and Immediate Past President of the NAHJ; Rick Jervis, National Correspondent, USA Today; Myriam Marquez, Executive Editor, El Nuevo Herald; among others that will be named.

(View the Hispanicize 2017 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 2017 event app on iTunes, Android, BlackBerry)

Tuesday, April 4

  • NAHJ Welcome Breakfast: The Year Ahead (presented by Pan American Life Insurance) 
  • Hispanic Journalists in the age of Trump 
  • Virtual Reality and 360-Video: The Revolution is Here Town Hall 
  • WORKSHOP: Storytelling techniques for social media 
  • WORKSHOP: Journalists Guide to Creating, Shooting and Presenting 360-Video for News 
  • WORKSHOP: How to Use Drones to Tell Compelling News Stories (limited capacity!) 
  • NBC News Panel

Wednesday, April 5

  • NAHJ Breakfast: Financial Reporting: Why It Especially Matters for the Latino Community (presented by Pan American Life Insurance) 
  • National Town Hall: What’s Next for the Latino Community in the Age of Trump 
  • Workshop: Sports Journalism (presented by ESPN Deportes) 
  • Fact Checking the Immigration Debate and the Border Wall 
  • Latinovator Award Luncheon: Jose Diaz-Balart of Noticias Telemundo and NBC News 
  • Workshop: Cellphone videos: do's and don'ts for journalists

Thursday, April 6

  • What future do US-Cuban relations face in 2017? 
  • Snapchat & Instagram Reporting 
  • Facebook Live for Journalists 
  • Ready, set, go! Essential on-camera training for reporters 
  • Investigative Reporting: essential training for reporters 
  • EVENING EVENT: 2017 Tecla Awards

NAHJ Student Journalist Project

ESPN Deportes will also host the 2nd annual 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 Hispanic Initiatives at ESPN Deportes and former president of the NAHJ.

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 journalists conference is sponsored by Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes and Miami Herald Media Company.

Hispanicize 2017 Week will feature more than 200 speakers in 100+ sessions, town halls, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also features the Second Annual DiMe Summit, the first annual Hispanicize CMO Summit, the Third Annual Tecla Awards, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards and Second Annual NAHJ Spanish-language Journalist Conference.

To reserve a hotel room visit See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2017 here:

This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, PRWeek, the Latino Startup Alliance and Black Tech Week. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship information is still available by contacting or calling 203.364.4779.

In addition to presenting sponsor Prudential Financial, as of today, announced sponsors also include: Toyota, State Farm, KOA, CNN, CNN Español, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Region’s Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Alma, República, C-Com Group,, BodenPR, and SaludMóvil.

Additional media partners include: Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Black Enterprise, Media Moves and iBlog Magazine.

About The Hispanicize Event 
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 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 four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music 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 and the Hispanic PR Blog.

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

Katherine Johnson 
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