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CNN joins ESPN Deportes to support NAHJ Student Journalist Project at          Hispanicize 2017


Miami, FL – March 28, 2017 –ESPN Deportes will return for a second consecutive year to co-sponsor the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Student Journalist Project and will be joined by CNN at Hispanicize 2017.

The NAHJ Student Journalist Project is an important staple of the training the association offers its members. Students from universities across the country are paired with full time journalists to produce daily news content for multiple platforms. The stories focus on the Hispanicize 2017 convention, topics discussed in the many workshops and relevant topics about the Miami community.

This year’s NAHJ Student Journalist Project is being curated by Hugo Balta, senior director of Hispanic Initiatives at ESPN and past president of NAHJ, complemented by new Student Projects partner Ramon Escobar VP of Diversity and Inclusion, CNN Worldwide.

David Plazas, Opinion editor at the Tennessee is once again the Student Project’s Director. David is instrumental in recruiting students and mentors as well as the overall planning and execution of the initiative.

“As always NAHJ is dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic journalists,” remarked Brandon Benavides, current NAHJ President. “We look forward to working with these students and we thank our mentors who are volunteering their time.”
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, BuzzfeedNews; 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.

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

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
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, Regions 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 iBlogMagazine.


About Hispanicize 2017
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), Twitter and Periscope (@Hispanicize).

About NAHJ
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,000 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.