Organized by USAGM’s Development and International Media Training, directors, news directors and reporters from affiliates in Mexico and Central America attended three separate workshops focused on cybersecurity, mobile production and social media broadcasting.
On the first day, Jose Luis Peñarredonda, a cybersecurity expert, taught “Cybersecurity for journalists”. The workshop focused on keeping track of multiple passwords, anti-virus software and apps, circumvention tools, cloud computing and the risks of free Wi-Fi and social media.
On the following day, USAGM’s Iscar Blanco teamed up with VOA Spanish Senior Editor Gesell Tobias to train attendees on shooting, editing and publishing video news directly from their mobile phones to social media.
As part of the training, participants discussed the consumption behavior of the new social media generation and how to write and produce news for them. More than 80 students from several universities participated in a seminar on how millennial generation is using new technology to consume news and information.
The training was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from May 27-30, 2019.