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A couple of Sun Sentinel projects have received awards recently.
Our Sex Predators Unleashed project was a finalist in the Multiplatform category of IRE, a finalist in the Sunshine State awards in the online platform category and took first place in the Green Eyeshade Awards in both the Public Service in Online Journalism and Digital Media Presentation categories.
Our Cops, Cash, Cocaine project took the Best of Division (Print), first place in courts and the law reporting and second place in investigative reporting in the Green Eyeshade Awards.
I’m so grateful to have been a part of these wonderful projects!
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This weekend I attended Chicas Poderosas Miami, and I was not happy. I wanted a workshop environment. I wanted more training. I wanted to stop talking about feelings and start looking at code.
I was so used to journalism school, structured workshops and big conferences that I struggled with the structure and flow of Chicas. But late last night I realized that those traditional training methods have failed. There are not enough women working in media technology, and Mariana Santos had the guts to try something new.
New things aren’t perfect, but they are usually on the right track. As the groups presented their projects, dozens of women were smiling and engaged. Even if one third of these women continue their journey into digital work, it will be more women working in media technology than before. That would be a success.
I thought Chicas would be arming women with the skills to combine journalism and technology, but what it did instead was create a community. It created a place where failure was okay and asking questions was encouraged. If that’s what gets more strong and talented women involved in media technology, then that’s all that matters. Now that I’ve had time to digest and reflect, I am looking forward to seeing how the organization grows and empowers women.
And lastly, it taught me that you shouldn’t judge something when you’re exhausted, mentally drained and out of your comfort zone. Even for us super type-A women, Chicas had a message.
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