Immigrants are people too: Finding stories in immigration court and detention facilities (Sponsored by Arizona Latino Media Association)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Valeria Fernández of independent journalist; Daniel Gonzalez of The Arizona Republic; Richard Ruelas of The Arizona Republic; Nick Oza of The Arizona Republic; Maritza L. Felix of Telemundo Arizona
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 25 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic

As immigration becomes a nationwide issue, more reporters are finding stories inside detention facilities and courts. Learn how these systems work from journalists who have successfully mined them for stories. Get tips on access and overcoming obstacles to finding compelling tales.

Speaker Bios

  • Maritza Félix is a multiple award-winning journalist, producer and writer. She was the chief of information for Prensa Hispana Newspaper before joining Telemundo Arizona in 2015. She writes, produces and creates. She has contributed to numerous national and international media outlets like Radio Fórmula, Discovery Latinoamérica and Finland National Public Service Broadcasting Company. She is passionate, talented and social media savvy.

  • Valeria Fernández is an independent journalist from Uruguay with more than fourteen years’ experience as a bilingual documentary producer and reporter on Arizona’s immigrant community and the US-Mexico borderlands. She freelances for a number of print, digital and broadcast media outlets, including CNN Español, CNN International, Radio Bilingue, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera, Discovery Spanish and The Associated Press.

  • Daniel Gonzalez, senior immigration reporter, 56, has covered immigration, the border and minority communities for The Arizona Republic since 2000. He was a lead writer for The Republic’s “Pipeline of Children” series that received the Hillman Prize and the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. Gonzalez is a 2-time Arizona Virg Hill Journalist of the year. He has a journalism degree from the University of Iowa; studied Spanish literature at Syracuse University.

  • Nick Oza, joined the Arizona Republic as a Senior Photographer in 2006. He specializes in covering social issues. Oza was part of the Knight-Ridder team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for Hurricane Katrina. In 2003 and 2005, covered Iraq war for Knight-Ridder. Hillman Prize for Journalism, Rocky Mountain Emmy for Arizona’s Child Protective Services. Photographer of the Year 4 times by the AZ Press Club and GA Press Association. @nickoza1

  • Richard Ruelas has been a reporter in Phoenix since 1993, working for The Associated Press, The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic. @ruelaswritings

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