Bobbi I. Booker

Bobbi Booker is an award-winning Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger whose editorial experience includes news, culture, lifestyle, business, sports, politics and entertainment for diverse outlets, including The Philadelphia Tribune, Examiner.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Weekly, Smooth magazine, UBO.net and host of “Spirit Soul Music” on WRTI 90.1.

Ms. Booker has completed the 2008 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and is a 2005 Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and 2008 Fellow of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University.

Ms. Booker was honored by Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes with the 2008 7th Senatorial District Community Service Award and has received three (2010, 2011 & 2013) National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Merit Award for The Philadelphia Tribune Best Lifestyle Section.

Erika Beras

I currently spend most of my time reporting, writing and producing audio stories for public radio programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition and for podcasts such as Scientific American 60 Second Podcasts. I also write for websites and was previously a staff reporter at newspapers including The Miami Herald and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. I’ve spent the past six years as a health and science reporter but I can report and write about anything. I’ve also lived and worked internationally and I’ve been a reporting fellow at USC Annenberg, The International Center for Journalists and Northwestern University.

I am fluent in Spanish.

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Sabrina Vourvoulias

Sabrina Vourvoulias is the managing editor of Al Día News in Philadelphia. She was the editor of Al Día’s book, 200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2012) and is the moderator of the organization’s “Media and the City” panel series on representations of race, ethnicity, gender and identity in news media.

Keystone Press Award
2015 – Editorial – Division V – Second Place
• We call bulls*** on the SRC • When a young Latino dies in our city, there is only silence • Clickbait xenophobia

Keystone Press Award
2015 – Ongoing News Coverage – Division V – Second Place
• ‘Who comes to a peace concert with a gun?’ Alex Guevara’s sister speaks to AL DÍA • Eyewitness to Alex Guevara’s shooting at peace concert speaks to AL DÍA • Police release photo of suspect in Alex Guevara shooting death • When a young Latino dies in our city, there is only silence

José Martí Awards, National Association of Hispanic Publications
2014 – Outstanding Editorial Column (in English)
Gold award.

She is the author of Ink (Crossed Genres, 2012), a novel that draws on her memories of Guatemala’s armed internal conflict, and of the Latin@ experience in the United States. It was named to Latinidad’s Best Books of 2012.

Laura Shin

I’m the author of the Forbes ebook “The Millennial Game Plan: Career And Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World.”

I am a contributor to Forbes.com and write regularly for the magazine. I also write for Fortune, Fast Company, More, The Week, ZDNet and have published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

I’m represented by Krista Ingebretson at the Susan Golomb Literary Agency. I’m a board member of Out of the Binders, Inc., a non-profit that organizes conferences and other professional development series for female and gender non-conforming writers.

I often speak at conferences or on webcasts on the subjects of money and freelancing, and earning more money/negotiating.