Ten of the nation’s most talented and influential Latinos in social media will serve as the official All Star Social Media Correspondents of Hispanicize 2014. Hispanicize 2014 (www.hispanicizeevent.com) will take place April 1-4, 2014 at the InterContinental Miami in Downtown Miami (REGISTER HERE).

The 2014 correspondents are comprised of social media influencers who are journalists, network TV contributors, web show producers and/or bloggers. The 2014 team represent a variety of Latino bloggers from different levels of influence, subject matter focus, nationalities, gender and experience.

The 2014 class includes: Gaby Natale of SuperLatina (@SuperLatinaShow); Jorge Narvaez of the YouTube sensation Reality Changers (@narvaezjorge); Rory Lassanske of Mama Contemporanea (@mcontemporanea); Lizza Monet Morales of XoxoLizza.com (@XoxoLizza); Tania Luviano of Latina Mom TV (@LatinaMomTV); Martin Llorens of Hola Martin (@HolaMartin); Jessica Alejandro of Jessica’s Fashion Notes (@joryckyt); Teresa Garza of ChecaLaMovie.net (@TeresaGarza); Zay Zay of ZayZay.com (@ZayZayCom); and Jose Sanchez of Piccolo Mondo (@PiccoloMondoPR), who also represents Puerto Rico bloggers. Hispanicize partner Lance Rios will serve as a special partner correspondent driving social media engagement on video through DigiBunch and on Facebook through the 415,000-fan strong Being Latino community.

“These influencers will be at the forefront of a Hispanicize 2014 program that is stocked with more brand sponsors than ever before, celebrity red carpets, top Latin music artists, filmmakers, big creative ideas and much more,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of the Hispanicize event. “Working with these social media influencers – and with the support of hundreds of other bloggers, journalists and cultural influencers that converge at Hispanicize – will help Hispanicize 2014 remain a top trending topic on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms daily during the event.”

The 5th annual Latino trends event brings together journalists, bloggers, marketers, tech entrepreneurs and entertainment industry professionals for an event that will consist of four days and more than 70 sessions discussing every facet of Hispanic media, social media, entertainment and marketing.

Each of this year’s influencers enjoys strong followings in lifestyle, fashion and entertainment industries, the key content categories of Hispanicize 2014.

Sponsorship and Registration Information
The presenting sponsor and exclusive beauty care sponsor of the event is Procter & Gamble. As of today, other announced sponsors include: 3M, Toyota, Google, McDonald’s, Sherwin-Williams, Crest, Home Depot, Coffee-mate, Burson-Marsteller, Transitions, Fox News Latino, NASDAQ’s GlobeNewswire, Vme TV, Florida Blue, The Zocalo Group, Visit Philadelphia, The Axis Agency, Sensis Agency, Hispanicize Wire, Textter, Balsera Communications, El Sol Newspaper, Latinum Network, BodenPR and many more consumer products, food, fashion and lifestyle, toy and travel brands who will shortly be disclosed. Media partners include Being Latino, NPR’S Latino USA, Latin Heat, Media Moves, PRODU, OVN Latino and iBlog Magazine.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779. To reserve a hotel room visit:


About Hispanicize 2014
Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz14) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, technology, film and music.

Co-chaired by award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA and Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group of Toyota Motor North America, Hispanicize 2014 is expected to gather more than 1,700 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, technology, music, marketing, film and business over four full days. Featuring U.S. Hispanic thought leaders and celebrities, the 5th anniversary edition of Hispanicize will be taking place at the InterContinental Miami hotel with several offsite events at major cultural venues.

The event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2014, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the InterContinental Miami hotel, April 1-4, 2014 in downtown Miami.

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez and NPR’S Latino USA award-winning host Maria Hinojosa are headlining a Hispanicize 2014 Hispanic Journalist Showcase that this year focuses on media entrepreneurship.

Sanchez, the Cuban journalist who’s won worldwide acclaim for using Twitter to fight the 54-year-old Castro dictatorship in Cuba, will join Hinojosa, the event’s co-chair, as one of this year’s four Latinovator Award recipients. The Latinovator Awards recognize Latinos who have done something notable or remarkable.

(Hispanicize 2014, the annual Latino trends event, will take place April 1-4 in downtown Miami’s InterContinental Hotel; register here: http://www.hispanicizeevent.com/attend-2).

“Yoani’s story is inspiring and perfectly aligns with the values of Hispanic journalists and bloggers who like her cherish freedom of the press and democracy,” said Manny Ruiz, founder of the Hispanicize event. “We’re delighted to honor two powerful Latina journalists like Yoani and Maria, twin pillars of a Hispanic journalist showcase that is itself empowering and innovative.”

Media Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Hispanic Journalists

Recognizing that journalists are facing industry-wide layoffs and furloughs, Hispanicize 2014 this year is launching a first ever Media Entrepreneurship for Hispanic Journalists Boot Camp. The free, full day boot camp for journalists, slated for Thursday, April 3rd, will be based on key chapters from Ruiz’s forthcoming book, “The Journalist’s Guide to Media Entrepreneurship.” The how-to book is based on Ruiz’s extensive experience as a former journalist and current media entrepreneur who in 2007 sold one of his media ventures for $5.5 million.

This year’s Hispanic Journalists Showcase will also feature a special session to release the results of a national study about Hispanic journalists’ beliefs about their careers, tech and social media conducted by California State University Fullerton, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Hispanicize Wire and Florida International University. A separate session will also examine The State of Hispanic Print.

Google and YouTube will also play leading roles in facilitating several sessions devoted to helping Hispanic journalists and bloggers master Google Tools, SEO and YouTube. Additional social media training sessions will help journalists with topics like social media video reporting and how to extend the social media reach of your stories.

(View the Hispanicize 2014 Preview Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CjZ529JPf8)

An All Star Cast of Hispanic Journalists

This year’s roster of journalism showcase speakers includes top reporters, commentators, researchers and leaders. Among the this year’s Hispanic Journalist Showcase speakers are: Hugo Balta, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Myrka Dellanos, Anchor, Noticiero Estrella TV con Myrka Dellanos; Nick Valencia, CNN National Reporter and President of NAHJ Atlanta; Mindy Marques, Executive Editor of The Miami Herald; Johanna Torres, Editor in Chief, CafeMom’s MamásLatinas; ‎Director, Latino Communications Initiative at California State University, Fullerton; Professor Federico Subervi, Kent State University; Claudia Solis and Mary Aviles, Editorial Directors of TekBoom.com; Francisco Cortes, Vice President, Fox News Latino, Univision America national radio talk show host Fernando Espuelas; serial entrepreneur, author and former columnist Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica; Nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette; Veronica Villafañe, publisher of MediaMoves.com and former national president of the NAHJ; and Adrian Carrasquillo, Breaking News Reporter of Buzzfeed, among many others.

Hispanic Journalist Showcase Schedule

Below is day-by-day schedule of the Hispanic Journalist Showcase portion of the event. Note that this schedule is subject to change. (To view the constantly updated schedule, download the Hispanicize 2014 event app on iTunes, Android, BlackBerry)

Monday, March 31
– “Half-Day Social Media Training Workshop for Spanish-language Journalists” (in partnership with Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists)

Tuesday, April 1
– “The 2014 State of Hispanic Journalists Report: Survey Results Reveal Hispanic Journalists’ Beliefs about Their Careers, Tech and Social Media”

Wednesday, April 2
– “Latinovator Award: Maria Hinojosa” (lunch session)

Thursday, April 3
– “Media Entrepreneurship for Hispanic Journalists Boot Camp” (9 to 5 p.m.)
– “Google Tools for Bloggers and Journalists”
– “Latinovator Award: Yoani Sanchez” (lunch session)

Friday, April 4
– “Expanding the Social Media Reach of Your Stories”
– “The State of Hispanic Print”
– “Visual Reporting Best Practices for Web Video and Photography”
– “SEO for Latino Bloggers and Journalists”

Hispanic Journalist Overview

The Hispanic Journalist Showcase of Hispanicize 2014 consists of a multi-faceted platform tailored to meet the needs of Latino journalists. The showcase also includes:

Hispanic Student Journalist Project: Conducted in partnership with Cal State Fullerton and Florida International University, this project consists of empowering college and high school journalism students from across the country to produce stories and interviews directly from Hispanicize 2014 for the Hispanicize.com and TekBoom.com platforms. Most of the students will not only cover the event for the microsite but will also be paired with media outlets to be editorial, video and/or photo stringers for them at the event.

VIP Journalist Credentials and Special Rates: Hispanic journalists will full VIP access to all facets of Hispanicize 2014. Credentialed, working media will be given complimentary tickets. Full time journalists who wish to attend for strictly professional development reasons and not to cover the event will get a special journalist rate of $225. Media business executives do not qualify for the special journalist rates.

Sponsorship and Registration Information

As of today, announced sponsors include: 3M, Toyota, Google, Sherwin-Williams, Crest, Burson-Marsteller, Transitions, Fox News Latino, Vme, The Axis Agency, Sensis Agency, Textter and many more brands who will shortly be disclosed. Media partners include Being Latino, NPR’S Latino USA, Latin Heat, Media Moves, El Sol Newspaper and PRODU.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779. To reserve a hotel room visit http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/miami/miaha/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qIta=99801505&qGrpCd=SKS&qPSt=0&qSmP=3&qWch=0&qSHp=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv&qSrt=BRAND_SORT&qRpp=25&qRRSrt=rt&qFRA=1&srb_u=1&icdv=99801505

The nation’s top Hispanic brand marketers, agencies and media companies are giving Latino and multicultural bloggers special reason to rejoice this Valentines.

That’s because for the third consecutive year, Hispanicize 2014 sponsors and the Latina Mom Bloggers network are providing bloggers with more than 200 free passes to attend Hispanicize 2014 as part of a program titled “Brands Love Bloggers.”

Hispanicize 2014, the 5th annual Latino trends event for marketing, social media, journalism, film, music and tech, will be held at the InterContinental Miami hotel, April 1-4, 2014 in downtown Miami. Book your room here: http://bit.ly/1gsYQF3

“The 200 passes represent 50 more than we did last year and is a testament to the commitment our growing roster of sponsors have to making Hispanicize 2014 the ultimate meeting place for bloggers and the brands and agencies that want to work with them,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of the Hispanicize event.

Among this year’s announced Hispanicize 2014 sponsors are: 3M, Toyota, Google, Sherwin-Williams, Burson-Marsteller, Transitions, Fox News Latino, Vme, The Axis Agency, Sensis Agency, Textter, El Sol Newspaper and many more brands who will shortly be disclosed. Media partners include NPR’S Latino USA, Being Latino, PRODU, Latin Heat, Media, Hispanic Market Weekly, and Media Moves.


The 200 full access event passes are available to Latino and multicultural bloggers who have been blogging consistently for at least one year and fill out a short online form http://bit.ly/1bZZNUr. A wide range of bloggers, women and men, from entertainment to parenting and fashion to tech are eligible. Qualifying bloggers who have already paid to attend Hispanicize 2014 and meet the criteria will be fully refunded.

Bloggers do not have to be part of the Latina Mom Bloggers network to qualify and both male and female bloggers qualify. A national committee led by advisory board members of Hispanicize 2014 and the Latina Mom Bloggers network will sort through the blogger applications and promptly notify bloggers who qualify. Priority preference will be given to bloggers who did not attend last year’s Hispanicize event. The full selection criteria are on the registration page.

The theme for this year’s Hispanicize 2014 blogger session’s agenda can be summed up in three words: Bigger, better and deeper.

Curated by the Latina Mom Bloggers network, the Hispanicize 2014 Latino blogger track this year will feature 25 sessions focused on more advanced professional development topics than ever before. A roster of the nation’s top Latino and multicultural blogging leaders and influencers will host this year’s workshops, case studies, topics and talks.
“Hispanic bloggers, brands and agencies are now collaborating in content marketing programs that require an increasingly advanced approach,” said Piera Jolly, Co-CEO of the Latina Mom Bloggers. “This year we are emphasizing that kind of content without losing sight of the fact that bloggers come to Hispanicize to connect directly with the brands and agencies that want to work with them.”
Among the list of top bloggers and social media influencers who will present at Hispanicize 2014 are:

Jeannette Kaplun of Hispana Global; YouTube star Jorge Narvaez of Reality Changers; Lizza Morales of XoxoLizza; Ana Flores of Latina Bloggers Connect; Stacey Ferguson of Blogalicious; Ramon de Leon of #RamonWow; Flor de Maria of Flor de Maria Fashions; Vanessa Vargas-Wilson of Crafty Gemini; Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno Cookbook; Nadia Jones of Niche Parent; Martin Amado; Joscelyn Ramos Campbell of Mami of Multiples; Deborah Deras; Denise Cortes of Pear Mama; Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica; Kristina Nuñez of Hott Mama in the City; Silvia Martinez of Mama Latina Tips; Zay Zay of ZayZay.com; Teresa Garza of ChecaLaMovie.net; Jose Sanchez of Piccolo Mundo; Mercedes Sanchez of BeChicMag.com; Gaby Natale of Super Latina TV; Vanessa Bell of De Su Mama; Melissa Bailey of Hungry Food Love; Carmen Ordoñez of Viva Fashion; Rachel Matos of The Art Muse; Monique Frausto of Curves & Chaos; Vanessa Diaz of The Queen of Swag!; and Lance Rios of Being Latino and DigiBunch.
Hispanicize 2014 is also celebrating its 5th anniversary by adding another great tradition for bloggers and journalists in the spirit of its popular annual yacht party: A “Blogger and Journalists Pre-Treat” on Monday, March 31st. The “Blogger and Journalist Pre-Treat” is a fun, four-hour long, offsite activity organized by several major brands in partnership with Hispanicize 2014. The Blogger and Journalists Yacht Party will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd.
Thanks to record sponsorship support from top brands like 3M, Toyota, Google and others that will soon be revealed, bloggers and journalists will once again be given front row access to celebrities, music artists, VIP concerts, film premieres and more. The event will provide bloggers with expert professional development sessions, access to more brands and agencies than ever before as well many opportunities to win thousands of dollars in cool prizes and contests that will be held throughout the event.
(To view the constantly updated schedule, download the Hispanicize 2014 event app on iTunes, Android, BlackBerry)

Among this year’s blogger-related sessions are:

“Nation’s Top Community Blog Leaders Share the Ultimate Secrets to Success”
“Unveiling of the 2014 Latino Blogosphere: The Results of a National Survey”
“Take Your Blog to the Next Level with Beautiful Pictures and Graphics”
“Let’s Talk Tech: Meet the Latino and Multicultural Tech Media”
“The Rules Of Engagement 2014: The Annual Update on How Brands and Agencies Can Effectively Engage and Collaborate with Latino and Multicultural Bloggers”
“Lifestyle and Health Bloggers Share Best Practices and Case Studies.”
“Creative, Cool and Powerfully Influential: Meet the Craftinos”
“The Latino Blogger Health Challenge”
“Blogging 101: Your Ultimate Introduction to Becoming a Superstar Blogger”
“Becoming Your Own PR Person: How to Market Yourself On and Off the Camera”
“Google Tools for Bloggers and Journalists”
“Diversifying Your Business Beyond Your Blog”
“Sobre Mesa: Get a taste of what’s simmering at the homes of the new and diverse U.S. families”
Mama Knows Best: Top Latina Mom Bloggers Share their Success Stories and Best Practices
“Runway Ready: Meet the Influential Latina Fashion Bloggers”
“Viral Videos: What’s in it for Hispanic Brands”
“SEO for Latino Bloggers and Journalists”
Sponsorship information is available by emailing sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or via phone at (203) 364-4779.
Even though blogger sessions comprise a large portion of the event, Hispanicize 2014 this year will feature comprehensive content agendas for Hispanic marketing, Hispanic journalists and Latino tech entrepreneurship. The Hispanicize 2014 program consists of more than 70 total sessions and more than 150 trendsetting speakers from the industries of Hispanic social media, music, public relations, advertising, media, film-making, tech and entertainment.

Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), South Florida’s largest annual tech, media and social media conference, is hosting a special ‘We Love Tech’ event in South Beach, Feb. 13 to announce three major initiatives that further solidifies Greater Miami as an emerging tech hub for U.S. Latinos and Latin America.

The event will consist of a special unveiling and discussion regarding a unique national platform that Hispanicize is co-creating to empower U.S. Latinos in the national and global tech space. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at a South Beach venue that will be announced shortly.

To attend, rsvp here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-love-tech-tickets-10334770577?aff=eorg

“Miami Beach is part of our region’s tech fabric so we feel its symbolically vital that the city’s leaders and all Greater Miami elected officials participate in this program,” said Manny Ruiz, founder of the Hispanicize event and chairman of the social media platforms that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire, the Hispanic PR Blog. “This is going to be a positive event that in addition to unveiling important news about Latinos in tech will foster good communications between tech entrepreneurs, investors and Greater Miami public officials.”

Invitations to attend the event are being sent to a number of Greater Miami elected officials including Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine and the entire Miami Beach commission.

Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.HispancizeEvent.com), the annual Latino trends event for social media, marketing, film, music and tech scheduled for April 1-4 in Miami’s InterContinental hotel, today announced the availability of its free mobile event app for smartphones and tablets on both the iTunes and Android stores. A hybrid web-based version is also available for Blackberry and other web browser-enabled phones.
Downloading the app is a must for anyone planning to attend Hispanicize 2014 as it is the best way to plan your schedule, see who’s speaking, learn about sponsor events, celebrity visits, concerts, contests and much more. The app is updated daily and will often reflect new additions to the schedule and speakers even before the news hits social media or other channels that Hispanicize 2014 continuously uses to promote event news.
Downloading the Hispanicize Event 2014 Mobile App is easy

For iPhone (plus IPad & iPod Touch) and Android phones: visit your App Store or Google Play on your device and search for “Hispanicize.” Search for the Hispanicize 2014 app.
For all other phone types (including BlackBerry and all other web browser-enabled phones): While on your smartphone, point your mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/hispan2014 OR Scan the QR code! From there you will be directed to download the proper version of the app for your particular device.

Hispanicize 2014 Mobile App Features
The Hispanicize 2014 app provides easy-to-use interactive capabilities to enhance attendees’ event experience. Among the app’s top features are:
– The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
– About Hispanicize Event 2014 keeps all event information in one place
– My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
– Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the event organizer
– Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
– Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
– Locate Exhibitors you want to visit on the Floor Plan Map
– Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature
– Share your event photos and experiences with the Photo Gallery
After the event concludes, the mobile app lives on throughout the year, providing users with an industry reference tool on a device they use daily right in the palm of their hands to look up people they met or heard speak on a panel, and obtain their contact information.