Careers in Media for Youth Summit

This FREE Summit helped aspiring journalists and filmmakers from Harlem and across NYC to discover media careers, learn multiple pathways to success, and connect with the City’s best multimedia professionals and organizations. The weekend inspired youth of all backgrounds and experiences to pursue careers in media with the clarity and confidence they need to reach their dreams!


Youth (ages 16-25)
Beginner to Advanced Media Makers
Media Educators, Organizations, and Professionals


Sat. November 9, 2013

10AM – 4:30PM EST

Harlem Commonwealth Council Building


Sun. November 10, 2013

9:15AM – 6:30PM EST

Harlem Commonwealth Council Building & Maysles Documentary Center (Directions)

Stanley and Maria


Listen to Keynote Addresses by Stanley Nelson and Maria Hinojosa



Next Generation of Journalism

The Futuro Media Group invited emerging media makers to its inaugural Careers in Media for Youth Summit in West Harlem. Through this event, we hoped to inspire 16 to 25-year-old youth from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in media, with the tools, support, and encouragement they need to achieve their goals to become a journalist, radio producer, documentary filmmaker, other career in the media, or just wanted to learn more!

To kick-off the weekend, we opened with an address from Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist, news anchor, author, and founder of The Futuro Media Group, and a keynote lecture from Stanley Nelson, a distinguished documentary filmmaker and executive director of Firelight Media. Afterwards, we hosted a fun “Speed Dating” event, an easy way to connect youth with media professionals. This provided the chance for attendees to speak directly with organizations and learn about opportunities for hands-on training, ways to start a career in media (like internships or fellowships), or to start their own video, radio, or digital production. On Sunday, we hosted workshops and training sessions to provide deeper insight into media careers as a means to share real-life stories and the multiple roads to success. To end this exciting event, we had have a closing night party!



Maria HinojosaFor 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is the anchor and Executive Producer of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, Contributing Correspondent for Frontline and Need to Know on PBS. Prior to launching The Futuro Media Group, Hinojosa was a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, the CNN Urban Affairs correspondent for 8 years, a reporter for NPR, and producer for CBS Radio. Full bio

Stanley Nelson is a documentary filmmaker and Revson fellow, who received his B.F.A. from the City College of New York before moving on to the American Film Institute and Columbia University. He has since taught at numerous universities and served on many prestigious committees, including jury positions at the Sundance Film Festival. He was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the executive producer of Firelight Media, a non-profit production company he founded with partner and writer Marcia Smith. Full Bio



Storytelling Workshop: “Where the story is…”

Presented by: Daisy Rosario, Producer, Latino USA & Associate Producer, Moth StorySLAM


Writing & Blogging

Presented by: Linda Villarosa, Journalist/Author & Assistant Professor, Media Communication Arts Dept., The City College of New York

DIY: Writing & Directing

Presented by: Reel Works Teen Filmmaking: Orges Bakalli, Director & Reel Works Alum & Mentor Joe Di Mattia


Multimedia & Tech for Journalism

Presented by: Malik Singleton, Freelance Multimedia Journalist & Trainer from the New York Association of Black Journalists


Media in Higher Education Panel

Presented by: Hunter College, Dept. of Film and Media, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism @ CUNY Graduate School, City College, Dept. of Media & Communication Arts, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, & Futuro Media Group


DIY: Video – Cameras, Lights, Mikes

Presented by: DCTV New York’s PRO-TV: Chinisha Scott, Associate Director of Media Fellows & Kira Marie Britt, PRO-TV Alum


Radio Production

Presented by: WNYC’s Radio Rookies


Making Primetime – TV & Film Production

Presented by: “Made in NY” PA Training Program: Eduardo “Deli” Cruz, Production Assistant and Alum


Community Media & TV Production

Presented by: Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)’s Youth Channel: Karina Hurtado, Manager of Youth Programs & Outreach, Destiny DeJesus & Nevine Smith


How to be a Film Programmer

Presented by: Jessica Green, Cinema Director, Maysles Documentary Center


PLUS more than 15 organizations and media professionals!



Harlem Commonwealth CouncilMaysles Documentary Center

West Harlem Local Development Corporation


Does Immigration Reform Still Have A Pulse?

Is immigration reform alive and well in Congress? Or is it walking dead? Host Maria Hinojosa talks with Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, about the business and moral reasons he went to Washington to keep reform alive.

 Photo courtesy of Rob Crawley.

Bob-photoBob Naerebout is the executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

Goths: Latinos On The Dark Side

Goth culture. Is it in? Is it out? Do they even care? Hear the stories of three Latinos who found a sense of community in Goth subculture while we try to answer the question of the ages: Why are Latinos obsessed with Morrissey? It’s not just the pompadour.

Photo credit Suzy Exposito.

A2_HEADSHOT_NADIA_NOCREDITNadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for almost five years. Her work there on 9/11 stories earned her a Peabody Award. She has also mixed audio for animations, assisted on podcasts for magazines, and program managed translations for Canon Latin America. Nadia has also produced for None on Record editing and mixing stories of queer Africans, and worked on a Spanish language radio show called Epicentro based out of Washington DC. She graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature


A2_LATINOGOTHS_SUZYEXPOSITO_HEADSHOT_NOCREDITSuzy Exposito is an illustrator, musician and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a staff contributor at Rookie Mag and Bitch Magazine, and volunteers at the Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls. She’s living out her teen dream as the singer for feminist punk band Shady Hawkins. You can keep up with her on Twitter via @msmalcriada.



A2_LATINOGOTHS_HEADSHOT_PABLOPOFFALD_NOCREDITPablo Poffold is a 3D Artist who originally hails from a small town in Indiana. He was born in the U.S. to Chilean parents, and spent his childhood and adolescence drawing, painting, tinkering with digital art and audio software, and playing video games. He now works in the video game industry and feels very lucky to spend his daisy making art for a living. You can find his website at www.

The Elk Whisperer

New Mexico hunter Mark Casillas is trilingual. He speaks English, Spanish, and Elk. Latino USA producer Michael Simon Johnson tells us more.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

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troutFor more information, check out conservationist group Trout Unlimited.






michael-johnson-headshot-150x150Michael Johnson was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He spent most of his childhood making music and groaning when his parents put on NPR in the car. So naturally he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design, moved to New York and made his way into public radio. As an engineer, he has worked for Afropop Worldwide, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He commits much of his time to working on radio and multimedia projects but can often be found playing the bass, rock climbing, and traveling.






Author Eduardo Galeano: Mortal But Not Alone

Prolific author Eduardo Galeano talks with Maria Hinojosa about his latest book, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, and about what it’s like to be friends with the Uruguayan president.


Eduardo Galeano is an Uruguayan journalist and writer. Galeano’s best-known works include Memoria del fuego and Las venas abiertas de América Latina. His works have been translated into 20 languages.

Bio photo courtesy of Mariela De Marchi Moyano.

Trust: Growing And Overcoming Through Theatre

We talk about “TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives,” a new documentary where a young Latina immigrant works with an Illinois based theater company to create a play from her harrowing true-life story.

“TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives” aired on PBS WORLD America ReFramed series on October 29, 2013. Watch the full documentary here: TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives.

B3_NancyKellyNancy Kelly is a director, writer, and producer. She has collaborated with editor and producer Kenji Yamamoto to create a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art. The trilogy includes: “TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives” follows a Honduran teen whose real life story of trauma is unveiled in a daring original play performed by immigrant teenage members of Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project; “Smitten,” examines art collector Rene di Rosa, who is smitten by art; and “Downside Up,” a film about how America’s largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA, revived Kelly’s dying home town.  She also directed and produced the narrative feature “Thousand Pieces of Gold,” starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper, which was developed through the Sundance Institute. Photo courtesy of Amy Braswell.

B3_JesseCarloHeadshotJesse Carlo is a seasoned artist practitioner and scholar with over 20 years of experience in performance, direction, choreography and interdisciplinary arts education. Jesse is currently a faculty member in the Arts & Humanities at Miami Dade College and completing his Ph.D. in Humanities & Culture at Union Institute & University. Jesse is passionate about the ways the arts serve as a linguistic medium that surpasses the cerebral intellectual processes by simultaneously engaging the mind, body and spirit of the arts practitioner and observer. He firmly believes that through the arts we find healing and build solidarity.

B3_MarlinMarlin currently lives in the greater Chicago area. Photo courtesy of Amy Braswell.

Al & Lalo: El Día De Los Muertos Edition

Lalo Alcaraz and Al Madrigal find the funny in death as they return for their regular segment just in time for the Day of the Dead.

 Photo Courtesy of Lalo Alcaraz.

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MADRIGAL-300x168A correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” since 2011, Al Madrigal has been named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and his material dubbed “dynamic” by The New York Times. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents Special.




Lalo_hs-150x150Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip,“La Cucaracha,” seen in scores of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. He is also co-host of KPFK Radio’s popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” and co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service. His work has appeared in major publications around the world and he has won numerous awards and honors. Alcaraz received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Alcaraz was born in San Diego and grew up on the border.

Latino Horror Fest

 What kinds of scary movies do Latinos love best? Maria Hinojosa talks with filmmaker Edwin Pagán, who runs the site, about his favorites.

 Photo courtesy of Angus Stewart.

pagan Edwin Pagán is a New York-based filmmaker, producer, photographer, cinematographer, screenwriter and cultural activist with over 25-years of hands-on experience in content creation, film production, design concurrence and branding, and social media manager in both the documentary and narrative film sectors. His extensive experience with arts groups includes working at the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and Black Filmmaker Foundation. He also co-founded the PAX Theatre Community artist collective as a means of expanding community-based arts participation in the South Bronx.

Pagán has served on the boards of various organizations including the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and was president of its New York chapter, and more recently the Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors (HOLA). He has also served on numerous juries, selection and curatorial committees for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), New York International Latino Film Festival and prestigious Tribeca Institutes’ Tribeca All Access Connects initiative, among others. He has also curated the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives for the past 10 years.

He is currently producing “BRONX BURNING,” a documentary that chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of the South Bronx. His production company, Pagan-Images, will produce the film. Pagán is the founder-in-chief of LATIN HORROR, an online portal geared to the genre of Latin horror in all its forms. He is also writing a book on the subject titled “MIEDO – The History of Latin Horror.”