Underscoring its commitment to becoming an indispensable annual destination for Hispanic journalists, Hispanicize 2013 (#Hispz13) today unveiled the speakers line up and topics for the 20 sessions of its inaugural Hispanic Journalist Showcase.

The Who’s Who of Hispanic journalists, commentators and leaders speaking at the event include CNN “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien; Univision America personality and radio talk show host Fernando Espuelas; nationally known political pundits Leslie Sanchez and Maria Cardona; NBC Latino Executive Editor Chris Peña; Web Journalist Chat Creator (#WJChat) and USC Professor Robert Hernandez; serial entrepreneur, author and former columnist Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica and; TV personality and Fox News Latino contributor Rick Sanchez, Multimedia Journalist and editor and publisher of Media Moves, Veronica Villafañe, among others.


“This showcase is razor-focused on the speakers, topics and trends that most impact the careers of today’s Hispanic journalists,” said Manny Ruiz, founder of Hispanicize 2013 and himself a former print reporter.  “This marks a new chapter for the Hispanicize event as we transform from a place where media solely come to cover news and celebrities to one that also equips journalists with high impactful content by journalists for journalists.  Every day is jam-packed with journalist content and of course journalists can choose to attend ANY portion of the event sessions they want.”

Hispanicize 2013 (www.hispanicizeevent.com) will take place April 9-13, 2013 at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach (RESERVE HERE). At the fourth annual Latino trends event, journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, marketers and music artists will convene throughout the course of five days for more than 80 sessions to hear 220 speakers present about every facet of media, social media, entertainment and marketing.

Below is day-by-day schedule of the Hispanic Journalist Showcase portion of the event.  Note that this schedule is subject to change and like the broader, multi-industry sessions of the event that will be posted shortly, it is being updated online at http://www.hispanicizeevent.com/schedule-2.html.

Tuesday, April 9

– Facebook for Journalists (en español)

– Twitter for Journalists (en español)

– Church and State: How to Juggle Your Professional and Personal Personas in Social Media

Wednesday, April 10

The State of Hispanic Journalism in 2013: An Honest Look at the Obstacles, Opportunities and Trends Impacting Latino Journalists

– Your Ultimate Guide to Freelancing in the Digital Age

– Visual Reporting Best Practices for Web Video and Photography

– Facebook for Hispanic Journalists

– Vroom, Vroom: Getting Plugged into the Automotive Industry

Thursday, April 11

– The Hispanic Journalists’ Toolkit: A Look at the Latest Cultural Resources for Reporters

– The Social Media Hispanic News Platforms: A 2013 Update

– Best Practices for Sports Reporting

– From Journalist to Marketer: Your Complete Guide to Making the Change

– Twitter for Hispanic Journalists

Friday, April 12

– 15 Min. of Genius: Journalist Edition

– From Journalist to Media Entrepreneur: Case Studies from Hispanic Journalists who have made the leap and are succeeding

– Twitter for Hispanic Journalists

– Finding Your Voice as a Commentator

Saturday, April 13

– Latinovator Session: Soledad O’Brien (lunch session)

– Getting Your Book Published the Smart Way

– Meet the Leading Conservative and Liberal Voices of Hispanic Journalism

– Twitter for Hispanic Journalists (en español)

Hispanic Journalist Overview

The Hispanic Journalist Showcase of Hispanicize 2013 consists of a multi-faceted platform tailored to meet the needs of Latino journalists.  The showcase includes:

Hispanic Student Journalist Project: This project consists of empowering 25 select junior and senior journalism students from across the country to run the daily microsite of Hispanicize 2013.  Most of the students will not only cover the event for the microsite but will also be paired with media outlets to be editorial, video and/or photo stringers for them at the event.

15-Minutes of Genius – Journalist Edition: Hispanicize 2013 will host a special “15-Minutes of Genius” session specifically for Hispanic Journalists.  The “15-Minutes of Genius” session consists of five, back-to-back, 15-minute presentations packed with genius insights from leading journalists about a particular topic related to journalists.

VIP Journalist Credentials and Special Rates: Hispanic journalists will full VIP access to all facets of Hispanicize 2013.  Credentialed, working media will be given complimentary tickets.  Full time journalists who wish to attend for strictly professional development reasons will get a special journalist rate of $450.

Sponsorship and Registration Information

As of today, confirmed sponsors so far include: Coca-Cola, MundoFox, Sherwin-Williams, Ford, The Clorox Company, Maseca, ViSalus, Transitions, NBC Latino, The Axis Agency, JeffreyGroup, Lanugo, Visit Orlando, Business Wire, PR Newswire, El Sentinel and several more brands who will shortly be disclosed.  Media partners include Latin Heat Media, Getty Images Hispanic, Media Moves, PRODU and Hispanic Market Weekly.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779.  To reserve a hotel room, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=14723119



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