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GCAC HONORED TO BE A HOST FOR SANTA ANA MEDIA SUMMIT

Grand Central Art Center was honored to be a host for today’s Santa Ana Media Summit: Changing the Narrative, produced by Madeleine Spencer, Ryan Smolar and Rachel Potucek, with support from the City of Santa Ana.

Additional supporters of the Summit included: Orange County Center for the Arts, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Inc., Santa Ana Business Council, Hipcooks, Robbin’s Nest, C4, Chapter One, Blackmarket Bakery, and Gypsy Den.

The day began with registration and a wonderful continental breakfast presented by Hipcooks:

Santa Ana Media Summit

Santa Ana Media Summit: Changing the Narrative

The two early morning sessions at Grand Central Art Center included:

What’s the Good News? Evolving the News Narrative

Panelists:
John Canalis, Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times Community News
David Cavazos, City Manager, City of Santa Ana
Monica Curca, Founder and Director, PAX Manifesto
Paul Eakins, Editor, The Orange County Register
Alejandro Marciel, Editorial Director, Hoy Los Angeles/Los Angeles Times Media

Moderated by:
Robyn MacNair, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Santa Ana Unified School District

The Power of the Latino Demographic

The Power of the Latino Demographic

Panelists:
Silvia Ichar, Publisher/Editor, Para Todos
Luis Sarmiento, Founder, Radio Santa Ana

Moderated by:
Ruben Alvarez, Founder/Publisher, Stay Connected OC

Gentrification: Evolving the News Narrative

After a short break, the two late morning sessions began at Grand Central Art Center, which included:

Gentrification: Evolving the News Narrative

Panelists:
David Augustus, Owner, Repp Investments
Eric Cocoletzi, Writer and Founder, Santanero
Manny Escamilla, Archivist, City of Santa Ana
Luis Sarmiento, Founder, Radio Santa Ana
David Washburn, Investigative Journalist, Voice of OC

Moderated by:
Kedric Francis, Editorial Director, Southern California Media Group

Crossover between Latino and Mainstream Media Markets

Crossover between Latino and Mainstream Media Markets

Panelists:
Sandra Cervantes, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, Miniondas and Farandula USA
Mike Cano, Founder/Director, Latino Media Solutions
Jessica Kwong, Santa Ana Beat Reporter, The Orange County Register

Moderated by:
Pocha Peí±a, MASA Media

Crime: Evolving the News Narrative

A one-hour lunch break took place following the morning sessions, with quick lunch options provided by our local restaurants, which included: C4 Deli, Chapter One, Gypsy Den, Blackmarket Bakery and Robbins Nest.

Following the lunch break, two afternoon sessions took place at Grand Central Art Center, which included:

Crime: Evolving the News Narrative

Panelists:
Adam Elmahrek, Senior Reporter, Voice of OC
Joanna Meza, Co-Editor in Chief, el Don News, Santa Ana College
Carlos Rojas, Chief of Police, Santa Ana Police Department
Jose Servin, Co-Editor in Chief, el Don News, Santa Ana College

Moderated by:
Jessica Kwong, Beat Reporter, The Orange County Register

Latino Media: How to Connect and Pitch

Latino Media: How to Connect and Pitch

Panelists:
Sandra Cervantes, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, Miniondas and Farandula USA
Ricardo S. Gonzales, Associate Publisher, El Aviso
Silvia Ichar, Publisher/Editor, Para Todos
Sandra Baltazar Martí­nez, Managing Editor, Excí©lsior

Moderated by:
Laura Bustamante, Bilingual Marketing & Community Engagement Consultant

Latino Media: How to Connect and Pitch

It proved to be a very successful event, with great conversation, connections and opportunities for engagement throughout the day. Following the sessions, those in attendance, panel participants and volunteers headed to our neighbor Robbin’s Nest Wine Bar & Restaurant for the concluding mixer and conversations, with complimentary appetizers and drink.

Latino Media: How to Connect and Pitch Robbin's Nest Wine Bar & Restaurant for the concluding mixer and conversations

Grand Central Art Center is so proud to be a part of our Santa Ana community!