Breaking Boundaries for Media Equality – SoCal

LOCATION: California State University, Fullerton

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 23, 2023

This in-person workshop is free and open to all journalists.


09:00 am Continental breakfast and registration
09:30 am–10:45 am

Fact-checking isn't just for fact-checkers

PolitiFact has been fact-checking politicians and online misinformation for more than 15 years. Learn the secrets of the job (the good and the bad) and how fact-checking journalism can improve your reporting, hold the powerful to account and build trust with your audience.

Underwritten by Democracy Fund.

Jon Greenberg, Senior Correspondent, PolitiFact

10:45 am–11:00 am


11:00 pm–12:30 pm

How to Find and Pitch a Business Story in any Beat

It's time we reframe the old tale: "Journalists and numbers don't mix." If anything, now is the time for journalists reporting on Latino communities to lean into numbers. No matter the beat you're interested in, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are numbers, to be reported everywhere. Latinos today hold the 5th biggest GDP in the world, remittance flows into Latin America and the Caribbean reached a new high of $145 billion last year and Karol G became the first woman to earn nearly 3 million in sales from one show. While Latinos step into a cultural spotlight in the U.S., it becomes more important than ever to report the money moves made within our communities. In this workshop, journalist Lyanne Alfaro and NAHJ cover how to follow the money as a good business journalist does, interrogate the numbers and pitch your next story to your editor no matter the beat.

Underwritten by Toyota.

Lyanne AlfaroFounder and Host, Moneda Moves

12:30 pm–02:00 pm

Why do I Need a Mentor?

This session will guide the students and young journalists to navigate and walk through the process of getting an internship/job opportunity. It will teach the do's and don'ts during the interviews. We'll be answering questions like: How can I increase my chances of becoming the next intern in this company? When should I start requesting or applying for internships? What are the levels and different types of internships? If I already have an internship, how can I transform it into a job offer? and what are the importance and disadvantages of networking?

Dunia ElvirNews Anchor, Telemundo/NBC

Jorge Miramontes, Correspondent, Al Rojo Vivo
Zaydee Sanchez, Independent Visual Journalist and Writer

02:00 pm–03:30 pm

Lunch, & Network



Jon Greenberg
Senior Correspondent, PolitiFact

Jon Greenberg is a senior correspondent with PolitiFact. He was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2012 presidential election and was one of the fact-checkers who launched PunditFact in 2013. Prior to that, he was executive editor at New Hampshire Public Radio and a Washington reporter for National Public Radio. He has twice won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting.

Lyanne Alfaro
Founder and Host, Moneda Moves

Lyanne tells stories about what’s next in the world of technology, business and entrepreneurship. A journalist turned multi-hyphenate, she's especially passionate about exploring the Latino influence in the world of business. She's reported on this topic for the likes of Business Insider, CNBC, Hispanic Executive and Refinery29. Since, she has also launched a newsletter and podcast all about it called Moneda Moves. She's first generation, Mexicana and hails from Chicago.

Most recently, she was at Nasdaq on a small team that reimagined the way we covered companies going public on the stock exchange. On any given day, she hosted live segments spotlighting entrepreneurs and produced Nasdaq's first podcast: Tomorrow's Capital. Her team's work has been recognized by the likes of The New York Emmys, The Webby Awards, Digiday and PRNews.

Dunia Elvir
News Anchor, Telemundo/NBC

Elvir is an Award-winning journalist with more than two decades of a successful career in journalism. She began her journalistic career in 1990 at Telemundo 52 Los Angeles, she joined Telemundo Network in 2002 and returned to KVEA in 2008 where she served as a News Reporter and Anchor.  Elvir is the station’s prime-time Anchor.

Her storytelling has earned her prestigious awards, including three Golden Mikes from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, 13 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, and a GLAAD Media Award, among others. In 2004, she was named one of the 13 most outstanding Latinas in the United States by the National Association of Latina Leaders (NALL). Elvir is one of the 7 Latinas recognized by the Smithsonian American Museum in D.C with  a special exhibition. “¡De última hora! Latinas Report Breaking News” a bilingual exhibition showcasing the work of Latina broadcast journalists.

Some of Elvir most notable interviewees include: Tony Blair (UK Prime Minister), Antonio Saca (former president of El Salvador), Manuel Zelaya (former president of Honduras), Vicente Fox (former president of Mexico), and Alvaro Colom (former president of Guatemala) to name a few. For her commitment to the Hispanic community, Elvir has been recognized by the United States Congress and Senate and awarded the “Honduran Pride Abroad” award by CCIT the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa in her native Honduras.

Jorge Miramontes
Correspondent, Al Rojo Vivo

Prior to joining the Telemundo team, Jorge Miramontes was the News Director and anchor of a Spanish-language online newscast on Global TV. He previously spent 7 years as an anchor/reporter at Estrella TV’s KRCA-62 in Los Angeles. Jorge has also been a freelance correspondent for Univision’s “Primer Impacto” and worked as a reporter for Univision stations in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Fresno. He started his broadcast career in the U.S. as a radio co-host and news segment producer at LA’s KLAX FM 97.9 in 1999.

Zaydee Sanchez
Independent Visual Journalist and Writer

Zaydee Sanchez is a Mexican-American visual storyteller, documentary photographer, and writer. Her work focuses on human rights issues such as migration, displacement, labor workers, and gender. Zaydee is an International Women's Media Foundation grantee and a 2021 USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalist Fellow. She is a member of The National Association for Hispanic Journalists and a member of The National Press Photographers Association. Her work has been published on National Geographic, NPR, KCRW, Palabra, CalMatters, DAME Magazine, and more.

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to [email protected].


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