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Martin Roberts has been working as a freelance journalist in Madrid since May 2012, in which time he has reported for five UK broadsheets, has appeared on TV and radio all over the world and has been a regular studio guest for Spanish broadcasters, including state broadcaster TVE’s top current affairs programme, “La Noche en 24 Horas”. In addition, he has worked as a fixer for Al Jazeera, the BBC and ITV.

Prior to May 2012, Martin worked as a correspondent for Reuters for 16 years, during which he was posted in Mexico, Portugal, Washington, D.C., Toronto and, finally, Madrid, although he has reported from many more countries. Major events he has covered range from earthquakes to football World Cup finals, and amongst many other topics he has reported on politics, current affairs, economics, the environment and culture. Personalities Martin has interviewed include the Dalai Lama and he has grilled George W. Bush and Fidel Castro in news conferences. Also during his career at Reuters, Martin spent four years as an editor of the website.

Before migrating to journalism, Martin originally studied Engineering Science, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of Oxford.

In addition to journalism, he has translated four books from Spanish into English, which have earned critical acclaim from The New York Times and other publications. Martin’s interests include reading, cycling, cinema, theatre, opera, travel, cooking and photography.

Read Martin’s work in The Times, The Financial Times, Al Jazeera, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, and The Sunday Telegraph.

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Benjamin Jones has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his professional life reporting on Spanish politics, culture, economics and business, travel and sports for a wide variety of U.S. and foreign print, online and broadcast media. He has also covered the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, and was a correspondent in the Gulf War.

Among the media he has worked for include The New York Times, Newsweek International (Special Reports), United Press International, Agencia EFE, Al Jazeera in English, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Europe Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN International, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and others.

In addition to his work as a journalist, for the past ten years Benjamin has been teaching two communications courses, Global Perspectives on the Media and Travel Writing and the New Media, at the Madrid campus of Syracuse University of the United States for its semester abroad program. Former students of his are now working for a number of prestigious media outlets including The Washington Post, CNN International and others.

Benjamin graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Journalism and moved abroad a year later.

Read Benjamin’s work in The New York Times here and here, in The San Diego Union-Tribune here, and Hotel News Now here.

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Patricia Rafael Lage is a journalist with an extensive background in reporting, writing, editing and translating texts from English to Spanish, mostly in written media. For more than 14 years, she has worked and contributed as a reporter and fixer for five newspapers, –El Día de Valladolid, ADN, Público,, and The New York Times-, two digital platforms, –VICE News Spanish and Broadly Spanish-, and a weekly magazine –La Clave-. She has covered political, court, health, immigration, social, and cultural affairs, publishing not only breaking news, but also long-form articles and features.

During the last four years, she has been working as a freelance reporter for VICE News Spanish, Broadly Spanish, and, primarily creating pieces on political and social affairs, such as women’s rights, gender violence and historical memory. Since 2012, she has been based in Madrid, working as a fixer for foreign media, including NPR and regular work for The New York Times Rome Bureau chief Jim Yardley. Here, she contributes on reporting, gathering data and information, and finding and arranging interviews from Spain on diverse, current issues.

Patricia is a Spanish native, proficient in English and has an intermediate level of French. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies.

Read Patricia’s work in The New York Times, VICE News Spanish here and here, Broadly Spanish here and here, and El

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Iñigo García is responsible for the communications strategies at Matadero Madrid, one of the city’s most innovative cultural centers. Matadero Madrid was created in 2006 by the City of Madrid, with the mandate of “promoting investigation, production, education and distribution of contemporary creation and thinking in all of its manifestations. Its areas of activity include visual arts, scenic arts, literature, Reading, thinking, music and audio, cinema, design, fashion, architecture, urbanism and landscaping, all with an integral and multidisciplinary creation focus.” In less than 10 years, Matadero Madrid has become the third best valued cultural institution by cultural professionals, outranked only by the Prado and Reina Sofia museums.

At Matadero Madrid, Iñigo coordinates all the communication, distribution and social media strategies of the center, positioning the brand and its general identity within the cultural landscape of Madrid and beyond. He supervises the optimization of resources and designs tools related to marketing and communications, managing the existing audiences while at the same time, attracting new visitors, both by direct relationships and through the media. By analyzing the profiles and both online and offline behavior of the users of Matadero Madrid, he convertes them into loyal evangelists.

Prior to joining Matadero, Iñigo served as Communications Coordinator of the documentary film festival “Punto de Vista”, has coordinated external relations for “La Noche en Blanco” and has contributed to Spanish newspaper El País.

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Lorena Álvarez Fernández is a journalist at El Mundo, one of the largest newspapers in Spain. She works on the leading Spanish news website,, in the “digital encounters” section. Here, she manages the production of diverse interviews with people in the current public eye. She occasionally writes about soccer for She also opens the doors of Unidad Editorial for universities and educational centers interested in learning more about the journalism profession. She has formed part of recognized media outlets such as Punto Radio and Radio Marca.

Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communications, Publicity and Public Relations from the CEU San Pablo University. She completed her studies obtaining the First San Francisco de Sales Prize for her senior thesis on “The historical trajectory of the radio,” a radio documentary she completed alongside journalist Luis del Olmo. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and New Technologies from El Mundo.

Read Lorena’s work in El Mundo here, here, here and here, and in here, here and here.

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Julio C. Muñoz is a respected and expert photographer residing in Trinidad, Cuba. He is a prolific contributor to media outlets and institutions such as BBC News, National Geographic, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, ROOSTERGNN, SF TV, SF TV, Santa Fe Workshops, Friendly Planet, The World Affairs Council and Distant Horizons, amongst others.

In the field of photography, Julio is known as the “Cowboy Photographer” and creator of the “John Wayne” Street Photography style, based on using your camera rapidly, and anticipating the scene about to be captured.

In addition, along with his wife Rosa, Julio is the driving force behind the “Project Diana,” a social initiative that promotes the care of horses, educating local cowboys in traditional equestrian training techniques.

Amongst his works, we also highlight the publication of the highly acclaimed book “Trinidad de Cuba,” an introduction to the colonial city, its architecture, people, events, traditions and religions.

Julio was one of the selected Cuban businessmen to meet with Barack Obama during his historic visit to the island in March 2016.

Read more about Julio’s work in BBC News, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times and in the travel guides by Rick Steves.

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Denis is an Irish photographer based in Madrid since 1989. He has worked and works for the two largest news agencies, -The Associated Press and Getty Images,- and his photographs have been published in both online and in print in The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian, The Times, El País, Der Spiegel, and Paris Match, amongst others.

Denis currently works for Getty Images on a freelance basis covering features, breaking news and sports events in Spain and abroad, as well shooting for Getty’s ever expanding advertising and corporate clients, including but not limited to Adidas, Nike, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee, and FIFA. Denis also has a keen interest in both street photography and fashion, and their interconnection on social media. He holds a B.A. (Honours) in Politics and Geography from the University College Dublin.

Visit his website at and view his work on Getty Images here, here, here, here, here and here.

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