SOURCE: National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

September 08, 2009 13:47 ET

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Selects Denver to Host 2010 Multimedia Convention

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has selected Denver, Colorado as the site of its 28th Annual Multimedia Convention and Career Expo, June 23-26, 2010 at the Colorado Convention Center.

The NAHJ convention has earned a reputation as one of the country's premier journalism conventions, and serves as a training ground for the largest gathering of Latino journalists, with more than 1,000 Latino journalism professionals in attendance.

"The focus on multimedia and online journalism is essential as we look to the future," said Iván Román, NAHJ's executive director. "In Denver we will continue our commitment to offering the latest in training and trends in technology to hundreds of colleagues who strive to tell our communities' stories."

The convention features:

--  Multimedia Training Sessions -- The ñ Media Training Series are
    intensive four to eight-hour sessions on everything from management to
    using specific software to photo, audio, and video
    producing/writing/editing techniques. The CyberLab@NAHJ is an interactive
    training format with sessions on blogging, audio editing, podcasting,
    search engine optimization, audio slideshows, streaming live video, social
    media for journalists etc.
--  The Career Expo -- this is the crossroads of the convention where
    editors and reporters meet, executive producers and cameramen trade
    experiences and journalists go for critiques and career advice.
--  Student Training Programs -- the Student Campus is an intensive, three-
    day program designed for college students in the early stages of their
    career development. The Student Projects is a converged model that provides
    students with a great opportunity to get hands-on training in daily
    journalism. The students focus on producing content for an interactive
    website, a 30 minute TV newscast and radio podcasts and two issues of a
    newspaper.
--  Networking Opportunities -- abound at the convention for Latino
    journalists to build their contact lists and corporate sponsors to interact
    with an influential group of professional journalists.
    

In 2009 NAHJ turned its Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico into a true multimedia journalism experience. Thirty-three sessions -- more than half of the convention's offerings -- were multimedia and online skills training related to help its members remain in journalism, offer resources to do journalism on their own, and become more marketable in this changing media landscape.

The 2009 convention's lead sponsors included: Continental Airlines, the Ford Foundation, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Army. Other sponsors were El Nuevo Día, FedEx, The Walt Disney Company, CNN, Coca-Cola, Gannett Foundation, Marketwire, PBS, Univision Communications, Inc., Bloomberg, LiUNA!, and The Washington Post. In-kind support was provided by Computer Services Support, Inc., Rones de Puerto Rico and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.

Past convention speakers and panelists include: then-President of Mexico Vicente Fox, then-Texas Governor George W. Bush, then-Vice President Al Gore, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, PBS Correspondent Ray Suarez, ABC News President David Westin, then-CBS News President Andrew Heyward, then-NBC News President Neal Shapiro, then-Knight Ridder Chairman/CEO P. Anthony Ridder, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, Actor/comedian John Leguizamo, actor and activist Edward James Olmos, and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson.

For sponsorship information, please contact NAHJ Development Consultant Azuree Salazar at 202.662.7482 or asalazar@nahj.org.

Founded in 1984, NAHJ's mission is to increase the percentage of Latinos working in our nation's newsrooms and to improve news coverage of the Latino community. NAHJ is the nation's largest professional organization for Latino journalists with more than 1,400 members working in English and Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast and online media. NAHJ is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.nahj.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Iván Román
    (202) 662-7178