What is the Press Institute?
In 1957, IAPA members founded the IAPA Technical Center to provide members–especially those in Latin America–with technical information and assistance. The under-pinning philosophy was that a technically sound publication would be better able to ward off attempts to extinguish it.
The Technical Center expanded its activities in 1962 with a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation, and has since expanded its activities and become fully self-supporting.
Today the Press Institute offers more that 15 training seminars annually for editors, managers, executives, media reporters and photographers, on subjetcs ranging from effective newsroom management, productivity and sound financial concepts, to the harnessing of new technologies in a modern newspaper, effective marketing, the impact of photography and design - all of those elements than contribute to the financial soundness of a media outlet and, therefore, to its independence.
It also publishes Hora de Cierre, one of the few Spanish-language periodicals devoted to the journalism industry, as well as books on issues ranging from administrative management to the implementation of the Newspaper in Education program. In addition it sponsors symposiums, conferences and other programs to promote opportunities for media outlets from various countries to share experiences and exchange professionals.
President of Board of Governors:
Robert J. Caldwell. San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, California
Jaime Mantilla. Hoy, Quito, Ecuador
Bruce Brugmann. San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco, California
Francisco Fascetto. El Día, La Plata, Argentina
Roberto Rock. El Universal, México, DF
Gustavo Mohme. La República, Lima, Perú
Humberto Castelló. El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Florida
Advisory Board Members:
Cristina Aby-Azar. The Wall Street Journal Americas, Jersey City, New York
Eduardo Alemán. El Carabobeño, Valencia, Venezuela
Vivian Anne Gittens. The Nation, St. Michael, Barbados
Jaime Cámara Júnior. O Popular, Goiânia, Brasil
Alejandro Domínguez Wilson-Smith. La Nación, Asunción, Paraguay
José Roberto Dutriz. La Prensa Gráfica, San Salvador, El Salvador
Luis Alberto Ferré. El Nuevo Día, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Adriana Gamba. Río Negro, General Roca, Argentina
Gerardo García Gamboa. Novedades de Mérida, Mérida, Yucatán, México
Saturnino Herrero. Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Raúl Kraiselburd. El Día, La Plata, Argentina
Gonzalo Leaño Reyes. Ocho Columnas, Zapopán, Jalisco, México
Guadalupe Mantilla. El Comercio, Quito, Ecuador
Silvia Miró Quesada. El Comercio, Lima, Perú
Claudio Oyarzún. El Sur, Concepción, Chile
Gerardo Reyes. El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Florida
Roberto Rivard. San Antonio Express-News, Texas
Jorge Andrés Saieh. COPESA, Santiago, Chile
Carlos Schaerer Jiménez. El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile
Marcela Vera. Diario a.m., León, Guanajuato, México
Aldo Zuccolillo M.. ABC Color, Asunción, Paraguay
Julio E. Muñoz. Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, Miami
Ricardo Trotti. Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, Miami