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NAHJ brings together the Parkland shooting victims to speak at 2018 conference. MIAMI, FL, July 18, 2018 – A tragedy which has sparked huge conversations, ranging from dinner tables across America to Congress, is being brought to attendees of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) 2018 International Conference. This case study will bring together the parents, teachers and students from Parkland, Florida to facilitate a conversation on how the media responded during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Active shooter on campus: Coverage of the Parkland school tragedy, a case study will pose important questions to the people who lived through such a terrible tragedy. What did the media get right? What did the media get wrong? Hear the victims’ impactful stories and help identify best practices moving forward.

Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2018 from 9 – 10:30 AM
Location: InterContinental Miami Hotel, Chopin Ballroom
Presenter: Frances Robles, The New York Times
Moderator: Maria Elena Salinas, The Real Story Maria Elena Salinas and former Univision news anchor
Panelists: Lori Alhadeff, parent of murdered 14-year-old student Alyssa Alhadeff and now a candidate for the Broward County School Board; Carlos “Carlitos” Rodríguez, a student and creator of the “Stories Untold” movement, which highlighted telling the stories of students of color the media largely ignored; Sarah Lerner, English teacher, yearbook advisor and Sun-Sentinel High School Journalism Teacher of the Year in April 2014; Rain Valladares, a senior who will be editor in chief of the yearbook in 2018-19 and was the photo editor last year; Natasha Martinez, a senior who will serve as the yearbook’s caption editor this coming school year. Sponsored by The New York Times


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 2,200 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.