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.
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.
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.
For residents of Florida, the state’s community college system remains one of the most popular and affordable ways for students to begin their post-secondary school education. In fact, 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates in the Sunshine State begin their college careers at one of the 28 best community colleges in Florida.
Why Community College?
Some may wonder just why so many Floridian students pick a community college to attend instead of applying to one of the many private schools that exist in the state. These days, of course, cost is a huge factor in the decision.
Hispanics, or Americans who are born in Latin regions, form a major section of the society in America. According to a recent research, almost 90 percent of Hispanic youth in America want to study further and continue education. However, in reality, less than 50 percent of total Hispanic youth actually get into university.
The reasons for the discrepancy are many. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, language is a major barrier. Apart from this, Hispanic youth are more inclined towards supporting their families at the earliest and so, many of them drop out of school to lend a hand at home.
Cultural difference and incompatibility is another reason which causes 18 to 25-year-old students who wish to get a bachelor’s degree to hesitate and stay away from college. In order to encourage Hispanic students to continue education, several institutions, groups, and surroundings offer scholarships for minorities. Below given are some of the popular school scholarships available for Hispanics.
About 70 percent of the entire Miami population are Hispanics and Latinos, and within their communities, populations are changing rapidly. Brazilians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, and other immigrants are in fact recreating the city, and the events that are going on throughout Latin America are affecting the changes significantly. See also this Lonely Planet video:
Journalists covering Miami Latinos are discussing not only the news items about Cuba or Venezuela but also cover unique story and news from these communities. Check out this old Miami joke: Latinos love to visit Miami because the city’s so near to the United States. Or the chestnut about that Miami is Latin America’s capital, or Miami is Latin America where the phones are working. And so on… Just see that Miami is taking pride in saying: ‘We are Latin American just as much as we are American. That is a good thing… Except when it is not.
When strangers turn from a two-lane country road onto the gravel drive of the Grazeway Dairy, they see a young woman tending the cows. They invariably ask where the boss is. “People come here and think I’m the hired help,” Terri Hawbaker says.
They’d better rethink. Hawbaker is 24, a woman, a new mom — and the owner of a 120-acre farm and 65 dairy cows in this flat, rural stretch of mid-Michigan.
About 100 miles away, near Lake Michigan, the produce market on state highway M-140 in Covert still carries the name of a prominent local family. But the store and 60 acres of rich farmland that produce the luscious apples, strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes on display have a different owner: Armando Arellano, an immigrant from Mexico.
Mirroring the demographic transformation of the USA, American farming is becoming more diverse. There is a marked increase in the number of women and Hispanics who are “principal operators” — those who run the farm.
Women and Hispanics have long played a significant role in farming, but often in supporting jobs from picking crops and milking cows to bookkeeping. But an aging population, the surge in Hispanics in every corner of the country and Americans’ growing fascination with organic foods are propelling more women and Hispanics into owning and managing farms.
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:
Nowadays, Hispanics outnumber the amount of African Americans in the United States by far, but more alarming is the fact that there are fewer Hispanics who are going to college than African-Americans.
You can find a huge number of Hispanic Americans that are not getting the education and learning they ought to get when you compare this to other minority groups. Regrettably, many people and organizations state that financial obstacles are the most important reason for the fact that so many Hispanics are under educated!
41% of Hispanics ages 20 and older in the US don’t have a high school diploma and only 1-in-10 Hispanic high school dropout has a General Educational Development (GED) credential.
Also, the GED Credential is needed if Hispanics want to take advantage of many scholarships available to this group. So here is a list of latest free resources (no fee, no registration) for GED preparation:
Recent research and statistics have demonstrated that Hispanics don’t have as much access to grants and scholarships excluding them from all the benefits these great programs offer. This is the main reason they often do not receive the education they so deeply desire.
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 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.
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.