senior consultant, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, San Antonio, Texas
Project: Explore models for multi-platform news operations, focusing on concrete questions of organization and execution.
Sama was born and raised in Mexico City. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and his master’s from Columbia University. He began his journalism career in Mexico City as an editor for Sacbe, a cultural magazine. In 1997, he launched and directed the Mexican edition of Quo, a Spanish general interest magazine. In 2000, he was editor in chief for a dotcom startup in New York and in 2001 joined The Wall Street Journal Americas, the newspaper’s Latin American edition, as a translation editor. He became the founding editor for the Rumbo chain of Spanish-language newspapers in Texas in 2004. He was in charge of hiring more than 80 reporters from 12 different countries, developing the editorial voice of the papers and launching four editions in four months. Since 2006, he has worked as an editorial consultant with Innovation International Media Consulting in projects in Dubai, Russia, Greece, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Mexico, rethinking and reinventing media companies. In 2003 he created Red de Colaboradores, an online group that promotes the exchange of contacts, information and freelance work among writers and editors in the Spanish-speaking world.
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