In the World of the Constant Deadline

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Hispanic activists get ready to demand immigration reform from President Obama - AP Photo/Diego Graglia.
Hispanic activists demand immigration reform. (AP Photo/Diego Graglia-2009)

Before news websites existed, a wire service was the place where you learned what a constant deadline meant.

I worked at a national wire service in Argentina in the pre-web era and returned to this fast-paced world after almost a decade, when the 24-hour-news cycle was no longer the exclusive domain of news agencies.

At Diarios y Noticias in Buenos Aires, I covered mostly breaking news for the Metro and National desks — including the protests that would bring down the government of Fernando de la Rúa and cause over twenty deaths.

I also generated enterprise stories, like a feature about the little-known story of two Argentinean girls who died in the Holocaust and another one about a soon-to-be-closed, massive jailhouse in the South side of the city.

Nine years later and a few thousand miles away, I joined The Associated Press in Mexico City as an editor for the World Spanish Desk. I worked supervisory shifts as a Day Editor, Night Editor, Sports Editor and even Overnight Editor, editing world, U.S., business, science, and sports (NBA, MLB, NFL, world football) stories for the AP’s Spanish-language service.

Also, when I found the time, I wrote stories about Latin American politics, the region’s relationship with the U.S. and Latinos in the States — both from Mexico and New York. I also got my photos published with some of those stories, like the one above.

The Associated Press › Editing news for Latin American media outlets, 2009-Present.
Diarios y Noticias, Buenos Aires › Reporting metro and national news in Buenos Aires, 1999-2002.