Discussing International news coverage with Franc Contreras and Laura Villafuerte

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Harney Science Center, Room 127

University of San Francisco

Hosted by Professor Dorothy Kidd, University of San Francisco Department of Media Studies.

With an Introduction by Ricardo Sandoval, President, Society for Professional Journalism (Northern California Chapter)

 Sponsored by:

 * The Society for Professional Journalists (Northern California Chapter)

* University of San Francisco:

   Department of Media Studies, the Journalism Minor

   The Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA)

   Latin American Studies

   International Student and Scholar Services.

Franc Contreras: “Drug Violence in Mexico:  One foreign correspondent’s perspective.”

 For nearly 15 years, journalist Franc Contreras has been reporting on Mexico for major international news media organizations, covering virtually every major political and economic story that has taken place since 1996 –including two presidential elections, investigations on human rights abuses, immigration to and from Mexico, and Mexico’s so-called war on drugs. Franc’s reporting often delves deep into the social causes behind these important stories. He also has reported from most countries in Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela.  Franc is currently a Mexico correspondent for Al Jazeera English Television.

Laura Villafuerte: “News coverage of Mexico’s drug war: a Mexican perspective.”

Laura Villafuerte began her journalism career in 1992 anchoring a daily cultural and social affairs program for the Mexican Radio Institute (IMER), a non-profit network heard across Mexico. She worked for several years as a news reporter and editor, and studied how the national news media helped the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) win the 1994 presidential elections. In 2000, she began editing online content for Televisa (esmas.com) and El Universal, two of Mexico’s best-known Web sites. She is currently the top content and design editor for cronica.com.mx, which the University of Monterrey recently named the user-friendliest Web site among several large-circulation Mexican newspapers.

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