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Who we are

SembraMedia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and quality content in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable and successful.

Our long-term vision is to foster the development of new types of journalism and digital media by providing training, networking, business and technical services, as well as a broad range of professional support. Our larger mission is to help digital publishers better serve their audiences by helping them to create higher-quality content with greater integrity and sustainability.

We provide this limited English section of our site because we believe in transparency and we want to help our English-speaking supporters better understand what we do, but our focus is on publishers who produce content in Spanish and most of the content on our site, including our startup directory, calendar, resources and videos, are only available in Spanish.

A virtual team from more than 15 countries

As a virtual organization, we have no central office location. Our part-time management team and contractors work from more than 15 countries and regions in their private offices, homes, coffee shops, and laptops. We are guided and supported by an Advisory Board whose members contribute their expertise as journalists, media executives, professors, and consultants. 

Non-profit organization

Institute for Nonprofit NewsSembraMedia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) in Los Angeles, California.

Our financial records are managed and audited by INN, but we operate as a separate organization with our own management team and board of directors who are responsible for all of our activities.

SembraMedia has received support from the International Center for Journalists, Institute for Nonprofit News, Omidyar Network, The Cook Family Foundation, The National Endowment for Democracy, The U.S. State Department, The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Mark and Linda Jenkins, Patricia Torres-Burd, Ariadna Coto, David LaFontaine y Janine Warner.

What inspires us

Throughout Latin America, digital media startups are harnessing the power of the Internet to launch new and innovative media projects.  

From Tijuana to Panama, from Bogota to Buenos Aires and beyond, entrepreneurial journalists are using big data to expose corruption, harnessing social media to increase citizen participation, and designing interactive websites that are forcing governments and big businesses to be more transparent.  

Despite some inspiring success stories, however, many entrepreneurial journalists are isolated and struggling to develop sustainable business models.   

Our mission at SembraMedia is to improve their chances of success by creating an online community where digital media entrepreneurs can network, share resources, learn business skills, and draw on the expertise of others who are facing similar challenges.  

We focus on projects in Spanish in the U.S, Latin America and Spain, and we are always delighted when our work encourages new projects anywhere in the world.

We support Spanish-language digital media entrepreneurs anywhere in the world, but our primary focus is on Latin America and Spain.

 

SembraMedia Team

In the spring of 2016, a dozen members of our virtual team, and five board members, gathered at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas. Follow these links for a full list of board members and our team.

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