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Journalism, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

June 25 & 26, 2019

Cancun, Mexico



SembraMedia’s 3rd annual conference will bring together 200 journalists, academics, media entrepreneurs, and investors.

Join us as we explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities for independent digital media in Latin America, the U.S., and Spain. Read in spanish. 


Latin America, U.S. & Spain


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For those how are traveling to Cancun, we have arranged a special discount at the Melia Paradisus, and all-inclusive 5-star hotel with private beach and numerous amenities. If you would like to stay at the hotel, please email us at: and we will be happy to put you in touch with the hotel to get our preferred rate.



Professor Rosental Alves at ISOJ, Austin, Texas. Photo: The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Rosental Alves, Chair of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, Austin

Luz Mely Reyes, 2018 Gabo Award winner and founder of Efecto Cocuyo, Venezuela

Marina Walker Guevara, Deputy Director International Consortium of Investigative Journalists & JSK Journalism Fellow, Stanford

Ismael Nafria, International consultant, speaker, author of The Reinvention of The New York Times and the [email protected]

Jordy Meléndez Yúdico, founder of Distintas Latitudes, a community of young journalists from throughout Latin America. 

Patricio Contreras, Editor of PuroPeriodismo,, an online news site that covers journalism trends in Latin America; professor of entrepreneurial journalism at the University Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

Dr. Alejandro Alvarado, professor and coordinator of the Spanish Master’s in Journalism program at Florida International University (FIU), Spanish editor of the South Florida Media Network. Miami, Florida

Ariel Zirulnick, News Fund Director, The Membership Puzzle Project.

Janine Warner, co-founder of SembraMedia and Latin America Knight Fellow, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Los Angeles, CA

Mijal Iastrebner, co-founder and Director of SembraMedia, Argentina.


This conference is thanks to the support of:

  • International Center for Journalists
  • JSK Journalism Fellowships, Stanford University
  • Distintas Latitudes, Mexico
  • International University Anahuac, Cancun, Mexico
  • The Membership Puzzle Project
SembraMedia event in Argentina

SembraMedia event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December, 2018

SembraMedia’s previous international conferences

Second annual conference: Perú 2018: El Otro II

SembraMedia’s second conference on Entrepreneurial  Journalism and Innovation was held on July 31 and August 1 in Lima, Peru. SembraMedia, the FNPI (Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism) and CAF, co-organized the event, with the support of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (CPU).

During two days, dozens of journalists, media entrepreneurs, and other experts shared their experience in building digital media projects with special emphasis on the sustainability of independent digital media.

First conference: 
Perú 2017: El Otro

SembraMedia’s first annual conference took place in June 2017. The event included a 2-day public conference and a 3-day, invitation only workshop for 30 Latin American journalists who won scholarships to work on their own entrepreneurship projects.

Guest speakers included Jeff Jarvis (United States), Jean-François Fogel (France), Nienke Huitenga (Holland) and Maria Catalina Colmenares (Colombia). SembraMedia, the FNPI (Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism) and CAF, co-organized the event which attracted more than 170 attendees. The conference included panels on journalistic business models, building audiences, managing teams, diversifying revenue and more. 

See you in Cancun!

SembraMedia is a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs build more sustainable and independent businesses.

SembraMedia offers business and technical training, market intelligence, and events. Our media directory, and reports have been cited in more than 200 articles in media as diverse as MediaShift, IJNet, and The Economist Magazine. Our all-star team of consultants includes journalists, entrepreneurs, and academics who represent a network of more than 850 digital media projects in 20 countries in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain.

SembraMedia has received support from the Institute for Nonprofit News, ICFJ, Luminate, Omidyar Network, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation (FNPI), The Lenfest Institute, Google NewsLab, Connectas, The U.S. State Department, and United for News.

Aliados y apoyos ~ Partners & supporters

International Center For Journalists ICFJ

Institute for Nonprofit News


Lenfest Institute



United for News


Agencia Publica

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