Charo Henriquez

Senior Editor of Digital Storytelling and Training • The New York Times • New York, NY
Last edited September 13, 2017

This is a candidate for the 2018-19 ONA Board of Directors election

Vision

I have been an online journalist since 2000, joined ONA in 2012 and have been a champion for the organization ever since.

The opportunities ONA has given me to connect and help build communities with members of our industry are unparalleled. I would like to join the Board of Directors so I can do more to help develop those initiatives that create stronger bonds among journalists.

I am an advocate for women and underrepresented people in newsrooms, especially in leadership roles, so one of the areas where I believe I could bring my experience and perspective to the organization is diversity and inclusion. Issues from hiring and retention practices to offering training so early stage managers are set up to succeed are very important to me.

I have had the opportunity to apply that experience by being a faculty member at the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media as well as at ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator, and those experiences have enriched my personal and professional experience in many ways. I would like to be able to help others take advantage of these kinds of opportunities and build these support networks across areas that don’t always have access to them.

ONA is a wonderfully diverse organization that continuously works on building communities in the US and internationally. Another area I feel I could help develop is doing more outreach to journalists in Latin America. Since I was born and raised and developed my career in Puerto Rico, I have strong ties to the US Hispanic journalists community as well as with organizations across Latin America. Being able to communicate fluently both in Spanish and English is an advantage when providing resources and connecting with thought leaders and innovators in the region.

I strongly believe that ONA provides great tools and opportunities for journalists to grow and develop as our industry changes. I know how valuable those have been for me and would like the opportunity to be able to help others access them.

Bio

Charo Henríquez is a digital media executive in New York City. She has a proven track record working in the intersection of journalism, technology, and product, as well as training and coaching journalists. She is an advocate for women, Hispanics and underrepresented communities in media.

Charo currently works at The New York Times as Senior Editor of Digital Storytelling and Training for the Digital Transition team.

She has been on the faculty at the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator in 2016 and 2017, where she coached and mentored some of the most accomplished women in digital journalism and technology organizations in the United States and internationally.

Prior to The New York Times, she was the Executive Digital Editor for People en Español at Time Inc., and before that, she was the Innovation Editor for GFR Media, in Puerto Rico.

Charo specializes in developing digital content optimization and audience development strategies for newsrooms. She has been a speaker for ONA, NAHJ and the Inter American Press Association, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, in San Juan, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.

Industry Involvement

I have been an online journalist since 2000, joined ONA in 2012 and have been a champion for the organization ever since.

Throughout these five years of membership I have had the opportunity to speak at two ONA conferences and have been on the faculty at the Women’s Leadership Academy and Accelerator.

The opportunities ONA has given me to connect and help build communities with members of our industry are unparalleled. Being a mentor and coach to women journalists in the Accelerator program has been by far one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

Nomination

Nominator: Dhiya Kuriakose, Head of News, Syndication & Social Video, Condé Nast
Nominator Membership: Professional

I first met Charo when she was faculty at the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women. Since then I have watched her champion diversity and inclusion in journalism, ethics and excellence with a consistent, unwavering determination.

Charo is always the first to hear and talk about the latest trend in the industry. She has consistently helped me navigate the new tools and platforms without compromising on the tried and tested values that make journalism the profession we all love — fact checking, honesty and fairness.

In an ever-changing world, the ability to adapt quickly is one that is valued, and Charo both has it and helps others discover their skill at it.

She is also a huge source of strength to everyone she knows. I’ve known Charo to travel across 3 boroughs in New York City to show support for friends and mentees in the same evening. I’ve never had to think twice about reaching out for advice, guidance or just warm words.

Charo embodies all the values ONA holds dear, is incredibly involved in the journalism community and is years ahead of the game when it comes to thought. ONA will only benefit from having someone like her in their midst.

Charo’s first instinct is to share her warmth, knowledge and skill, values that I have also gained from the generosity of ONA and its board, I can’t think of a more fitting person to join the team.