United States Agency for Global Media

Venezuela: cyber attacks, covering elections & BBG’s regional affiliate collaboration

May 1-3 2018

Venezuelan media representatives attended a three-day BBG affiliate conference in Washington, D.C. They met with BBG, VOA, and Congressional Staffers, as well as Department of State representatives and NGOs, including Freedom House and International Republican Institute. The conference included a discussion on the role of international news in Venezuela, cyber attacks, training and support from VOA and BBG to cover elections and increased collaboration between the BBG affiliates in the region.


– El Nacional, Eduardo Ponte, Managing Editor

– La Patilla, Jesus Ramirez, General Manager.

– La Patilla, Gabriela Perozo, News Director.

– VPI, Leonardo Trechi, Director of Marketing

– VPI, Fabiola Colmenarez, Director of Content

– VPI, Freddy Wetter, Director of Operations.

– VIVOplay, Gabriel Bastida Parra, Managing Editor.

Conference takeaways:

1) VOA content adds value to their websites in Venezuela.

2) All participants agreed to receive training on cyberattacks, cybersecurity, editorial skills, story selection and news coverage in general.

3) They want more human stories about the Venezuelan’s crisis.

4) El Nacional suggested VOA should also focus more on storytelling techniques of the human stories in Venezuela.

5) The dynamics of the meetings also formed a bond of friendship and understanding, and respect for the editorial and human values of the VOA as an organization.

  • BBG
  • Iscar Blanco
    Regional Marketing Officer, BBG
  • Clara Dominguez
    VOA LATAM Division Director
  • Carmen Cento
    VOA LATAM Program Manager
  • Natalia Ardanza
    VOA Spanish Service Acting Chief
  • Mariela Gomzales
    Regional Marketing Coordinator, BBG
  • Addie Nascimento
    Office of Business Development, BBG
  • Joan Mower
    Director of Training & Development, BBG
  • Isaac Cohen
    Economist, former CEPAL Director