The journey to get to NAHJ isn’t always easy for some

Maria Elena Vizcaino talks with Adrian Salazar as she register for the NAHJ Miami 2023 International Convention and Expo at the InterContinental Hotel Miami in Miami, Fla, on the first day of the event on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

The 2023 National Association of Hispanic Journalists conference is wrapping up in Miami.

For many reporters, this is their third or fourth conference. But others are first timers. Still, many of them — veterans and newbies — have had to make sacrifices to attend.

Esteban Reynoso, a news reporter in Fresno, California, had to drive three hours to Los Angeles, stay overnight at his childhood home, and then take a six-hour nonstop flight to Miami.

Florangela Davila, a news director from Seattle, has been attending journalism conferences since 1992 and recognizes the financial struggles associated with attending.

Both Davila and Reynoso emphasized the value of networking, learning, and feeling inspired by the people and ideas encountered at such conferences.

Anthony Bautista graduated from California State University in the spring, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism. He is passionate about sports and freelances on the weekends as a sports reporter. Reach him at anthonybautista8125 [at] gmail [dot] com or on Twitter @byanthonyba.

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