Are people getting the news from their preferred source, or in their preferred language? It depends on how you read this question, but in one way it is the sort of ‘chicken-or-egg’ question to what there likely is not a correct answer. At a daylong event named ‘Investiguemos: Opportunities and challenges in bilingual and Spanish journalism’, organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting & Open Society Foundations, this question came up pretty often. The conversation that day was pretty far-reaching, but there were actually three key conclusions that emerged from this day.
1. Quality journalism education in the Spanish language is necessary if we want to be able to deal with the immense shortage of high-qualified native Spanish-speaking or bilingual reporters that are serving the countless Spanish-speaking/bilingual communities across the U.S., This is also crucial to set up a varied pool of (potential) reporters in environments where they may be contributing to journalistic or editorial innovations.
The Huffington Post, Univision/ABC, Fox, and NBC have all new news operations in English targeted at young Latinos. How has this new trend influenced the media landscape? In what news are these young Latinos interested? And how successful have these companies been?
For more than five decades, Univision has been active in this field, and the organization is (according to Nielsen ratings) already commanding around 75% of Spanish-speaking TV audiences in America through various cable and broadcast channels. There have been numerous nights, that Univision’s ratings were far better than the major English-language American networks. Univision now has teamed up with ABC News to roll out a new network aimed at Hispanics but with programs in English. Cesar Conde, responsible for Univision networks said recently that this merger marks a very fascinating point in the history of our country, and he couldn’t be more right.
Millennials are calling themselves Hispanic, they are identifying as Hispanic, but if they take the ACT test to get to college and they get their news and information in English, they will not necessarily get the same information as they would through a Spanish-language news outlet. They would think differently if the news coverage directed to them came in Spanish, and would be about what it means to be Latino in America says Lopez.
There’s just no evidence yet to indicate or prove that the new Univision/ABC channel is going to be a winning concept, as the network has been appearing on the air too short, and is the accompanying website in English.
The identity views of Hispanic and Latino communities in America are changing, but that as such is nothing new. It’s been going on decades. Some fifty years ago, the term ‘Hispanic’ was merely used in government statistics for identifying groups of people of Cuban, Puerto Rico, Mexican, or some other Latin American ancestry. But whereas some Hispanics are considering their background to be of one race, they increasingly would prefer to be identified with a specific nationality, for example Cuban, Dominican, or Mexican. Today we see that both the terms Hispanic and Latino are commonly and widely used. The Washington D.C.-based Pew Research Center has conducted studies that indicate that most Hispanics would prefer if they were identified in terms of their original nationality instead of than pan-ethnic monikers (Latino, Hispanic, or even American).
There are almost 60 million Hispanic and Latinos living in America, and most of them are believing deeply in the ‘American Dream’. All of our grandparents and parents have come to this great country to pursue their own American Dream, and we all have followed right in their footsteps. We left our families and our countries to find better lives for not only ourselves, but also for exactly the families we left behind. We all arrived with great dreams and the willingness to work hard to realize our goals. Most of us have started their own new families in this country, and we also adopted lots of things from this land’s culture. Most of us have adapted to this nation’s typical way of life, but we also cherish and keep our own culture. When I was getting ready for my Regents tests, I knew that after the school I just want to be successful.
Our mindset has become more American, but our hearts remain Latino. There have actually been quite a few research studies that indicate that Latinos and Hispanics are far more optimistic, when it comes to believing that achieving our dreams is possible here, than non-Latinos. Our dreams may be different, though, than the dreams of non-Latinos. In America you always hear that achieving the American Dream is about creating a better and safer future for their families, about building entrepreneurial businesses, and about having control over their destiny. But at the core of realizing the Latino American Dream has always been just their families’ future. All Hispanics and Latinos I know were telling me that creating a better and safer future for their families actually was the key (or sole) reason they were working so hard to be successful in this country. (more…)
NAHJ is short for The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the organization is dedicated to ‘the recognition & professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry’.
NAHJ’s South Florida Chapter represents members in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. It is the organization’s goal to provide journalists with opportunities to sharpen their skills, network, enhance conversation, and broaden their understanding of issues impacting the various Latino communities. Additionally, the NAHJ aims to promote the hiring and retention of Latino journalists across all levels of news reporting and publishing management.
The NAHJ South Florida Chapter is constantly looking for the best ways to support Latino reporters and editors and provides lots of feedback on the their publications. They also actively review and consider their online work. The NAHJ enables the forming of regional chapters across the U.S. by at least 10 regular NAHJ members who are living or employed in the region where the chapter will be established, but the number of chapters limited to one for any county or parish.
The NAHJ is represented regularly at various South Florida job fairs and hiring events to promote its activities and recruit top talent. If you’re interested, check out a few events where the organization is present:
For editors, filling up their magazines with lots of quality content is their primary task, and they’re also looking just for you!
When you learn to understand their roles and motivations, and when you’re ready to take a few pretty simple steps, you may also get their attention, and make it into their magazines’ pages.
Make the first contact (or how to make sure an editor doesn’t hang up on you)
Editors are very busy individuals. They will know right away when you’re not prepared, and then they’ll lose interest pretty quickly. In this post we take a closer look at some methods that are bound to pique the interest of an editor:
Numbers cannot talk, but they may tell you often just as much as human sources. But just like human sources, you need to ask! But what should you be asking a number? Well, that’s where statistics come in. Mathematicians have been developing an entire science, statistics, to come up with answers from numbers. Of curse you’re not required to hold an academic degree in statistics to conduct an ‘interview’ with data, but before you can be successful in doing so, there are a few basics you need to know.
Let’s check out an online tutorial for math-phobic journalists titled ‘Statistics Every Writer Should Know’ that was published for the first time in 1996 by a professional reporter who had also majored in a Northwestern University program called ‘Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences‘ (imagine to fit this on a job application), and who was thinking that using his math background might help a few of his fellow journalists become a little less afraid of statistics and numbers. The online publication was attracting lots of attention, and through the years and the journalist has received numerous emails in which students thanked him for saving their asses on their final statistics exams. They were no precisely the audience that he aimed for, but he said he okay with helping anyone. Here are a few excerpts from his tips:
It is not uncommon that news agencies require or request their journalists to use social media for the promotion of their work and to support the marketing efforts of the company’s brand. It happens often that journalists, editors, reporters, and columnists are maintaining several accounts on the various social media platforms to keep their personal lives separate from their professional ones. In quite a few cases, journalists are having a deep love-hate relationship with social media platforms. They are understanding the social media’s critical role and immense value, but at the same time that know that mistakes and misuse may easily lead to a sidelined career. (more…)
If you want to become a correspondent in a foreign country. you should begin with earning a journalism or communications degree. Generally, before you will be considered for overseas assignments, you’ll be required to ‘earn your chops’ by performing the duties and tasks of a journalist or reporter for some local agency or for a national news source for a number of years. It also goes without saying that if you want to become a foreign correspondent, you’ll have better opportunities for covering the news in a particular country if you have become fluent in the country’s language are educated in the history and culture of that particular region as well. You should also be aware of, and take an active interest in, local and regional current events. Most media employers (be it print, television broadcast, or online media) require their foreign correspondent to have completed a graduate degree program, and holding a Master’s degree in Journalism with, for example, a concentration in foreign affairs or international journalism, will definitely help.