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Tuesday, April 5 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Covering Cuba: The pitfalls, challenges, risks & rewards for journalists covering one of the hemisphere’s most intriguing stories

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The historic improvement of ties between the U.S. and Cuba has touched off a whirlwind of changes: improved contacts, easier travel to the island for U.S. citizens, reopening of embassies in Havana and Washington.

Journalists, meanwhile, have sprinted to keep up with and document the changes between these former Cold War foes. Long barred from freely reporting on the island, reporters from all over the world suddenly find themselves with Cuban visas covering these historic changes. But it hasn’t been without its challenges. What restrictions (self-imposed or otherwise) still exist? What are the logistical challenges? What’s the inside story in Cuba not making it onto news sites or TV broadcasts? 


In this session, attendees will learn:


-          Challenges – both logistically and editorially – of covering Cuba.

-          Insights from journalists covering Cuba about direction the communist island is headed.

-          Tips on how to get in and out of Cuba.

-          What journalists are learning about Cuba not making it into newscasts.

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Rick Jervis

National Correspondent, USA TODAY
Rick Jervis is a national correspondent for USA TODAY, based in Austin, Tex., where he covers breaking news, energy and border issues. He’s covered the recent crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southwest border, the Ebola scare in Dallas and the murder trial of the killer... Read More →

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Alan Gomez

Miami-based Immigration Reporter, USA TODAY
Alan has been at USA TODAY since 2006. A Miami native, hehas covered Florida, Congress, hurricanes, the Tea Party, Afghanistan, Gitmo and Cuba for the news organization. His current position has taken him on reporting trips to Honduras, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and, increasingly... Read More →
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Juan Carlos Lopez

Anchor and Senior Correspondent, CNN en Español
Juan Carlos López is Anchor and Senior Correspondent for CNN en Español in Washington D.C. López has collaborated as a reporter for CNN since 1993. He anchors Directo USA, a daily show that airs from 6-7pm ET from Monday to Friday. Directo USA covers the headlines generating... Read More →
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Hatzel Vela

Reporter, WPLG-TV, Miami
Hatzel joined the Local 10 news team in 2014, returning to the town where he grew up. In his relatively short time at WPLG, Hatzel has covered some of the biggest stories, including the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and various trips to Cuba, where he traveled across... Read More →
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Mimi Whitefield

International Business Reporter & Cuba Correspondent, The Miami Herald
Mimi has been a reporter and editor for the Miami Herald since 1983, holding a variety of positions, including South American correspondent based in Brazil, Business Monday Editor and Special Projects Editor. She has won various awards, including a 2013 first place Florida Pre... Read More →

Tuesday April 5, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
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