NAHJ & SAAHJ Region 5 Conference: Politics, Social Media, Ethics, Health, Diversity, and Drug Cartels

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists have one great Region 5 conference “Encuentro en San Antonio” planned for December 7-8, 2012.

The conference will take place  at the Hyatt Regency in downtown San Antonio.  Register today! Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to:

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
5-7 p.m.–Registration begins

7 p.m. Opening Reception
Garden Terrace, overlooking San Antonio ’s Riverwalk
Entertainment by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s professional dance troupe, the musical talent of Conjunto Heritage Taller, among other surprises. Silent Auction benefitting SAAHJ

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
8 a.m. Registration begins
Continental breakfast sponsored by the San Antonio Express-News

8:30 a.m.Welcome by NAHJ President Hugo Balta & SAAHJ President Nora Lopez

8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary 
The Latino Vote: How Did it Count?

A panel of experts will present a series of reports on the Latino vote and its impact on the 2012 presidential election.


10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Navigating Social Media (and How to Not Regret Your Tweets)
Feeling behind on your social media use? Don’t know what exactly to tweet? Lacking in Facebook friends? Thinking about getting on Tumblr? This panel will give you the 411 on trends to look for, use of hash tags, ways to learn where your traffic is coming from, and how to groom an online presence.


Ethics Hold’em
The San Antonio chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists will host a game of Ethics Hold ’em, a poker-styled tournament that will explore the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists and how to handle them. It’s played with a modified deck of cards. Attendees will be divided into small groups.
Organizer: Eva Ruth Moravec, president of the San Antonio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon and Discussion, sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

La Salud de Texas: A briefing on how where we live, learn, work and play impacts the health of Latino Communities


1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.  “ America By The Numbers”
A screening of Maria Hinojosa’s new PBS show produced by her Harlem-headquartered company Futuro Media Group. The screening will be opened by a videotaped welcome from Hinojosa to the NAHJ Region 5 conference. “America By the Numbers” pilot episode focuses on the town of Clarkston , Ga. , which Hinojosa calls “the Ellis Island of the South.”

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
My Neighbors the Zetas: Looking Beyond the Guns and Violence
As national and state media devote much of their coverage on the Mexican drug cartels cross-border gun battles, kidnappings and other violence, reporters often miss stories in their own backyards.  You don’t have to live on the U.S.-Mexico border or work in a foreign bureau to find similar stories.  Enterprising journalists can uncover new angles to demonstrate how cartel activity affects your neighborhoods, local government, crime, courts and business across the nation.


Thanks to United, a conference sponsor

Se Habla Spanish: The Future of Spanish-Language TV in the United States

While language is key in reaching Latino television viewers, new research shows that many are bilingual. This key group targeted by advertisers is still turning to Spanish-language news and programming. Nielsen ratings reveal significant numbers of bilingual viewers in San Antonio turn to Spanish-language TV even though they speak English.  Mainstream networks are paying attention to the trend.

  • Panelists to be announced
  • Moderator: Brenda Jimenez, reporter/anchor, Univision KWEX-TV

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Diversity in the American Newsroom: What Has Happened to the Goal?
While this year’s election shows the growing power of minority groups, most studies show that newsrooms and prevalent coverage remains dominated by white men. Many minority organizations think that newsroom leaders aren’t striving to reflect their communities.  Newsroom managers in Texas discuss the issue including hiring and promotions of minorities.


One-on-One Video and Resume Critiques:
Are you looking to improve your resume or do you need feedback on your video reel? NAHJ Board members will be providing  one-on-one sessions throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Contact the following via Facebook to get a time slot:

  • Hugo Balta, NAHJ President  and Coordinating Producer at ESPN, will be available to provide feedback on resumes.
  • Rebecca Aguilar, NAHJ  VP of Online and Emmy award-winning freelance reporter, will provide video critiques.
  • Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ VP of Broadcast and Emmy award-winning TV anchor/reporter at KNBC, will provide video critiques.

Don’t miss this conference: Register here or download Region5-CONF-RegForm

See you in San Antonio!

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