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Former Pew intern honored for influence in social media

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Three years ago, Alejandra Suarez was a recent graduate of the University of North Texas waiting for her break as a public relations and marketing professional.

Now, Suarez, who served as Inside The Pew’s first summer intern in 2009, is being recognized as one of the most influential Latinas in the blogging and social media arenas.

From May 20 to May 22, Suarez will take part in the Top Latina Blog Retreat at Hotel Helix in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM). She is one of 70 Latina bloggers who received an invitation to attend the event.

“We knew Alejandra would go on to bigger and better things,” Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Inside The Pew, said. “She always worked hard to generate stories for us in a short period of time, and was instrumental in helping to develop The Pew En Español. She was committed to helping spread the gospel in English and her native language of Spanish.”

The Dallas resident and native of Mexico City, Mexico, earned a B.A. in public relations and a minor in marketing from the UNT.

After completing her internship with Inside The Pew, Suarez continued to work as a freelance writer until she landed a position with iNSPIRE!, a Dallas advertising agency which markets to the Hispanic consumer. As part of her duties with iNSPIRE!, Suarez oversees Brand LaTeen (www.brandlateen.com), a blog which addresses marketing trends among Latino teenagers.

Suarez said she envisioned delivering Christian news through social media and the Internet.

“In personal account, I learned to focus more in details while interviewing, writing and reporting. I was able to polish my writing skills while interning at The Pew,” Suarez said after completing her internship. “These small accomplishments are steps that get me closer to my long-term career goals.

“I really value the site and its motives as well as the very passionate people who I’ve had the opportunity to interview that are making a difference in their communities and around the world.”

A selection committee included the leaders of the top Latina blogger communities, including Latina Bloggers Connect, Las Blogueras, Blogs de Mamas, and New Latina. The committee was in charge of reviewing the bloggers’ applications based on influence, traffic, and quality of content.

The bloggers will take part in sessions ranging from blog and business best practices, leadership skills, and social good. They will also be paired up with mentors including top executives from industries, companies and causes that match their core interests.

According to the LATISM website, the 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. The organization also helps to raise awareness among corporate brands, NGOs and government entities about using social media to reach Latinos. To learn more about the Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) organization, visit http://latism.org