CNN en Español Anchor Headlines Gathering of Hispanic Christian Broadcasters

Ismael CalaCNN en Español Anchor and Producer Ismael Cala will address Christian communicators on April 30 at the Hispanic Media Summit in Miami, organized by NRB-inspired ComunicadoresUSA

Viewed by some as the "Larry King of Latin America," Cuban-born Cala has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience in Cuba, Canada, the United States, and Mexico, with a particularly high profile among the Hispanic communities of Miami and Canada. He has been host and reporter for well-known shows in the United Stated such as Univision’s Despierta América and the Nancy Grace show on HLN (formerly known as CNN Headline News).

Among other distinctions, Cala received the Somos award as Best Communicator of 2003 in Toronto, and the Canadian New Pioneers Award 1999-2000.

“We are excited and honored to have Ismael Cala speak at our summit,” commented ComunicadoresUSA President Stan Jeter, who also serves as Senior Producer for CBN News and a member of the NRB Board of Directors. “Summit participants will benefit from Mr. Cala’s insights and wealth of media experience.”

In addition to Cala, the ComunicadoresUSA’s second annual Media Summit, held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, will feature Phil and Kathleen Cooke, Co-Founders of Cooke Pictures, as well as more than a dozen educational sessions covering topics in radio, TV, Internet, and social media. 

ComunicadoresUSA is the first Christian communicators network in the United States that focuses on connecting, equipping, and training Hispanic Christian communicators to be more effective in their profession, ministry, and calling.

“We offer something for all kinds of Hispanic Christian communicators: people in the Christian environment and the secular media, pastors, ministers, lecturers, authors, students, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs,” shared Jeter.

Established five years ago after a meeting of veteran broadcasters and representatives of major ministries – including Focus on the Family, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), and In Touch Ministries – ComunicadoresUSA seeks to gather resources and volunteers to train, network, and support Hispanic Christians using mass media.

The association recognizes that Hispanics are not only the largest minority group in the United States, but their evangelical churches are a growing force in the United States, both in numbers and influence.  Furthermore, while Hispanics don’t lack media vision, many do lack broadcast training and experience and are looking for ways to use the media more effectively. 

Last year, ComunicadoresUSA held their first summit, which drew more than 130 media producers from the United States and several Spanish-speaking countries.

This year, organizers are expecting several hundred Christian communicators from the United States and Latin America, many of whom will stay for Expolit, the Christian booksellers convention that begins the following day at the same Miami Airport Convention Center.

“We have high hopes for this gathering and a great God who exceeds expectations,” remarked Jeter.

The vision of ComunicadoresUSA is for “transformed communicators to transform communities.”

Published: April 24, 2014