Latino Journalism

Miami’s Hispanic Population and things you should know

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. So let’s check out Miami’s Hispanic Population and things you should know. 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.


Latino Entrepreneurial Journalism – What Is It?

There are some 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. But let’s take a closer look at Latino Entrepreneurial Journalism – what is it?

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, from the dreams of non-Latinos.


Reaching The Miami Hispanic Audience

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’. The organization is working hard for reaching the Miami Hispanic audience.

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.


Hispanic Women put a new face on U.S. farming

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. So let’s check out how Hispanic Women put a new face on U.S. farming.

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.


How To Get Published In A Magazine

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. So also for Hispanic writers, it is crucial to learn how to get published in a magazine.

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:


How To Become A Journalist – Foreign Correspondent

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.


News For Young Latinos in English -That’s it!

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 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.


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