July 15, 2020
ISOJ to offer simultaneous interpretation to Spanish during its first online-only conference
The 21st International Symposium of Online Journalism will offer simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish for all panels and keynote sessions, following a seven-year tradition. For the first time ever, this year ISOJ will be online-only, offered on Zoom and YouTube, from July 20 to 24, 2020.
The ISOJ tradition of simultaneous interpretation started with the 12th ISOJ, in 2013, thanks to Univision News, which wanted the conference to be inclusive of Spanish-speaking journalists, editors, and industry experts from around the world.
“We are grateful to Univision Noticias team who had the idea of the Spanish interpretation years ago and we are glad that they are supporting ISOJ again and enabling us to serve so many journalists, especially in Latin America and Spain,” said professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center and ISOJ.
“Journalists have a high regard for language, because of their work. They want to be able to understand everything — all the nuances, the jokes,” said Esteban Mines , the lead interpreter who has worked for ISOJ since 2013. “And because of that, I think it’s helpful to give them Spanish interpreting.”
Mines said that he and all interpreters of his team take their work seriously and consider details like regional context when translating the ISOJ speakers.
Mines has worked for Knight Center journalism conferences and events for almost two decades. This year, he and his colleagues will be working remotely to stream translations. ISOJ attendees will be able to activate a second audio channel on Zoom to listen to the Spanish interpretation.
ISOJ will be online-only this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it will be held with more activities, days and speakers than ever before. The registration for the conference is free and open to people worldwide.
The conference will cover the latest advancements in digital journalism and will feature industry experts from many different countries, including the United States, Brazil, Cuba, Germany and more.
They’ll discuss topics ranging from how to combat disinformation to how to cover the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, there will be virtual social activities, like a welcoming party on the first day and a farewell party on the last day.
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