In March, nine visitors traveled to San Antonio from Argentina to participate in a program entitled "Small-Market Newspapers in the Digital Age", which covered best practices of small market newspapers transitioning into the digital age. The IVLP group also had a chance to explore U.S. press values as well as discuss the freedom of the press in our community.
They began by visiting a popular source of local news in San Antonio, The Rivard Report. They were able to observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of small-market media in San Antonio and discuss best practices for developing a sustainable finance plan. They also learned about how this nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, features works from staff and freelance journalists and were impressed by their unique model, which relies on membership fees and funding from philanthropies and foundation funding, paid advertising, and sponsorships. Additionally, they were able to discuss how the Report encourages lively, civil debate and pursues fact-based reporting and discussion.
These appointments enhanced the visitors' understanding of practices, standards, and institutions of small-market media in the United States as well as measures to combat disinformation. Several meetings with Editors-In-Chief and managing editors gave these participants ideas for how media organizations and entrepreneurs can become more sustainable and independent. #ExchangeMatters
Below you can read an email we got from one of the IVLP participants from this group. His name is Mr. Andres Dalessandro, he is the Executive Director of the ADEPO (Association of Argentine Journalic Entities).
“Dear Tania and Cecilia: I hope you are well. Last week we returned from our trip to the United States, and despite the complications that arose with the coronavirus issue, we were able to make the most of the experience you organized for us in San Antonio.
I want to give you especially thank you and your team for all the attention that provided us, both in the logistics and in the content of the local program. It was a very profitable experience for me and my colleagues, with more important meetings than others, but in all cases they were very useful.
In addition, we were able to get to know very different meetings, with many contrasts, but which were fascinating from the point of view of our professional and human interest.
Once again, many thanks to you and your team for everything. Count on me for any questions or details regarding the program and its results.