August 22, 2015 9:00 am

ATX Regional

Austin, Texas

Saturday August 22nd

08:30 AM - 08:45 AM

Sign in/ Registration

Meet new Executive Director Alberto Mendoza and Executive Assistant Yaneth Guillen as you check in and receive your badge.

09:00 AM - 10:15 AM


Join NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina, Regional Director Bonnie Gonzalez and NAHJ Austin President Lydia Pantazes.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Negotiating your Salary/Contract

Whether you’re wondering how to negotiate your first contract or you’re making a jump to a larger market, find out what you need to know when talking about contractual agreements. Moderator: Rebecca Aguilar Panelists: Saul Garza, Sandra Richards and Robert Cartwright (News Director for KEYE/Telemundo Austin)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Life after Journalism

If you find yourself thinking about plan B, or you simply don’t see yourself being in journalism forever, this panel is for you. Hear from former journalists who have gone on to be successful in other careers. Learn how you can apply the skills you’ve learned in the newsroom towards life after journalism. Moderator: Vicki Adame, Communications Director, Workers Defense Project Panelists: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin; Kendra Clawson, Communications Specialist, Seton Healthcare Family; Minerva Perez, Author

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Strengthening the PIO Relationship

Journalists have expectations from Public Information Officers and vice versa. Hear from veteran PIOS and journalists on how to strengthen that relationship. Moderator: Lydia Pantazes, Reporter, KEYE-TV, Telemundo Austin Panelists: Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Public Information Officer, Waco Police Department, Saul Garza, Reporter, Fox4; BA Snider, Operations Manager, Veritas Group – Marketing & PR; Hector Gomez, Supervisory Criminal Investigator, U.S. Marshal’s Service

11:15am - 12:15pm

Mejora Tu Español Mejora Tus Historias (Presented in Spanish)

Cómo deshacerte de malos hábitos en la redacción para las noticias. Moderator: Lily Soto, Multimedia Journalist, Univision Panelists: Karina Ramirez, José Luis Castillo, Investigative Producer, KTMD; Adolfo Segura, News Director, Telemundo San Antonio

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Discussion: How to respectfully cover the LGBT community

From Caitlyn Jenner’s story to the historic Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage, LGBT stories continue to make headlines. Moderator: Mekahlo Medina, Technology/Social Media Reporter, NBC-4 and NAHJ President Panelists: Brandon Beck, Chair, Transgender Education Network of Texas; Janet Arelis Quezada, Spanish Language and Latino Media Strategist, GLAAD

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Improve your storytelling with Tech Tools

From Periscope to using equipment like selfie sticks for shooting teases and promos, learn about the latest tech tools that can help you do your job. Moderator: Michael Vega, Outreach Coordinator, City of Fort Worth Panelists: David Rios, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Univision; Jennifer Borget; Jordan Rubio, Digital Editor, Victoria Advocate

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Periodismo Investigativo en Español

Como desarrollar reportajes de investigación con profundidad. Panelists: Luis Chaparro, Journalist, ERE International News; José Luis Castillo, Investigative Producer, KTMD

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Across the Rio Grande - The social, political and cultural ties between Texas and Mexico

The history between Texas and Mexico goes back hundreds of years. But now more than ever, their paths are intrinsically tied. Texas is one of Mexico’s biggest trade partners and their shared border leads to tense, sometimes contentious relations. Two experienced journalists and the Mexican Consul of Austin will discuss the challenges and benefits this relationship faces in the future. Moderator: James Barragan, Reporter, Austin-American Statesman Panelists: Carlos González Guitérrez, Mexican Counsel General, Austin; Angela Kocherga, Border Bureau Chief, Gannett; Alfredo Corchado. Mexico City Bureau Chief, The Dallas Morning News

4:15pm - 6:00pm

Networking Mixer

LOCATION: Cantina Laredo 201 W 3rd Street Austin, Texas 78701 The restaurant is providing light appetizers complimentary for everyone to enjoy and happy hour drink specials.








David Rios

Música Sin Limite

Adolfo Segura

Telemundo San Antonio

Rob Cartwright

KEYE Telemundo

Andrew Chavez

The Austin American-Statesman

Rebecca Aguilar

Freelance Journalist

Carlos Gonzalez Guiterrez

Cónsul General de México en Austin

Jennifer Borget


Dr. Brandon L. Beck

Transgender Education Network of Texas


ATX Regional Location

Silicon Labs, 200 Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas





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