Diane Alverio, Founder and Publisher of CT LatinoNews.com, has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua as a speaker on Digital Media Entrepreneurship to journalism students at three universities in the country. Diane is a former WFSB and Hartford Courant reporter who launched the award-winning English language news site with partners in 2012. Its team of writers covers Latinos and Latino issues in the state and is read by Latinos and non-Latinos.
Diane, who is bilingual, will present workshops in August to senior communications and journalism students in Managua, León and Matagalpa on the core skills and stages for building and launching a media project or business using digital media platforms. The speakers program is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information.
Alverio said, the invitation from the U.S. Embassy is incredibly special for her, “I have always enjoyed speaking with college students and I have always been a strong advocate for Latinos in journalism. To be able to do both, encourage and help prepare young Latino journalists in Central America, is absolutely the best of all worlds for me.” Alverio will spend a few days traveling around the country before meeting with the students.
CTLatinoNews.com, is a new digital media model and one of a few in the country that focuses on local Latino related news. In 2012, it was named one of four national winners by the McCormick Foundation’s J-Lab, which identifies innovative media concepts that offer quality journalism. The award was accompanied by a grant which enabled the expansion of the site to two neighboring states – Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which now both have their own sites – MassLatinoNews.com and RILatinoNews.com.