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I have worked as an editor in both English and Spanish, on the web, in magazines and newspapers, and on a wire service desk.
As recently as November 2010, I collaborated with the investigative journalism outfit Fundación MEPI in editing an article resulting from a months-long study that measured how Mexican regional media have resorted to self-censorship on the face of increasing drug violence in their cities. The story –which we produced in Spanish and English– was published in different versions on MEPI‘s website and on leading newspaper El Universal, and was picked up by CNN Mexico and Proceso magazine, and American media such as the ProPublica organization and NPR’s On the Media.
At The Associated Press, I edited dozens of stories per shift –sometimes about 50– on the World Spanish Desk, filing bulletins, urgents and spot stories as well as features and analytical pieces. My duties included preparing daily digests, collaborating with editors in other sections and the English-language service and editing captions. The desk handles all sections, including entertainment, sports, business and science — so I edited all of those.
As a managing editor at Gatopardo, I was in charge of guiding every issue of the monthly magazine from start to finish. I edited front-end sections and in-depth narrative features and coordinated all aspects of production with the photo, art and commercial departments.
At Feet in Two Worlds, I worked with a far-flung team of foreign-born contributors who wrote about immigration in the U.S. from Phoenix, New York, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles and elsewhere. I edited text, photos, audio and video to maximize their impact potential on the web. On November 2008, I coordinated the site’s Election Day coverage, which included radio appearances, text reports, audio soundbites, videos and pictures from across the country as Americans took part in a historical vote.
My first job as an editor was actually… at my first job. At my hometown newspaper El Territorio, I went in a year from intern to editor in charge of Page 2, which featured several mini-sections including a column I wrote, reader feedback, person-on-the-street Q&A’s and infographics.