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Latinos/Hispanics

Latinos in TV network news 2008-2014: Still mostly invisible and problematic

By Federico Subervi (with the collaboration of Vinicio Sinta)

Click here to access the report.


A Latina disney movie princess? The wait isn’t over

Latino characters in Spy Kids

Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega in “Spy Kids,” one of the few Hollywood family films to feature Latinos as lead characters. (Photo Credit: Dimension Films via The New York Times)

By Monica Castillo
(Nov. 25, 2016 | The New York Times) - I’m not part of Disney’s target audience for its latest princess movie, “Moana,” but I don’t care. I’ve been excited about this film since Dwayne Johnson previewed it last year at the D23 Expo for all things Disney. As much as the new Lin-Manuel Miranda music sounds promising, what’s really exciting is the chance to see a Disney princess who doesn’t look like those we have already. Read more.


‘Feeling Latino’ spotlights artistic diversity


By Paul Hyde
(October 6, 2016 | Greenville Online) - Greenville’s Hispanic community may be a unified presence but it speaks in a diversity of voices.

That’s the impression one is likely to have at “Feeling Latino,” an exhibition of 12 Greenville-based Hispanic artists at the Metropolitan Arts Council. Read more


The Washington Post: This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead.

Picture of hateful message on a restaurant receipt that a couple left for Latina server
Photo Credit: (John Elledge via The Washington Post)

By Cleve Wootson Jr.
(Aug. 21, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The message on the receipt rattled Sadie Karina Elledge, but it made her grandfather see red.

Instead of leaving a gratuity on Monday, a couple eating at the Harrisonburg, Va., restaurant where Sadie works scrawled: “We only tip citizens.”

The dig was aimed at Sadie, 18, who was born in America, but is of Honduran and Mexican descent. So, John Elledge took a photo of the grease-stained receipt left for his granddaughter and posted it on Facebook. Read more


UNIDOS app encourages Latino millenials to vote

By Pilar Marrero, Translated by Elena Shore
(Jul 19, 2016 | La Opinion via New America Media) - The launch of UNIDOS, a mobile app that features news, videos and emojis, aims to increase voter participation of what is potentailly one of the most influential segments of Latino voters: Millenials.

The goal of the app is to get the attention of young people between 18 and 34 years old by providing them with information and convincing them of the importance of getting involved, explained John Rudolph, professor and founder of Feet in 2 Worlds, a journalism project that has promoted the work of immigrant journalists since 2004. Read more


National Hispanic Media Coalition teams up with Latino Media to boost diversity

By Robert Schoon
(July 7, 2016 | Latin Post) - The National Hispanic Media Coalition announced this week it had created a new coalition with a few major Latino media businesses and organizations in an effort to boost Latino diversity in media and technology. Read more


Move over JLo, there's a Puerto Rican superhero and she can fly

JLo, Puerto Rican Superhero

Cover art for La Boriquena, Marvel Comic's Puerto Rican superhero (via NBCNews.Com).

By Sandra Guzman
(May 11, 2016 | NBCNews.Com) - With a crushing debt and a health care and humanitarian crisis in the making, the beautiful island of Puerto Rico could use a superhero right now. And thanks to Brooklyn-based Marvel Comics writer and comic book nerd, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, it got one. Her name is La Borinqueña, a New York-born superhero who discovers her superpowers when she visits the island. Click here to read rest of the article.



Eva Longoria’s ‘Telenovela’ and family comedy ‘Crowded’ cancelled at NBC

By Elizabeth Wagmeister
(May 13, 2016 | Variety.Com) - NBC has cancelled Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela” after one season, plus freshman comedy “Crowded,” Variety has learned.

“Telenovela” gave a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional telenovela and its star who does not speak Spanish, played by Longoria.

“Telenovela” was the vehicle set to bring Longoria back to TV, following her stardom on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” The Latino-themed sitcom was one of the hottest projects last development season, entering a bidding war between a couple of networks, before landing at NBC with a straight-to-series 13-episode order — the only way Longoria would commit to the project. Read more


Becerra: In this town, it's as if Hollywood tries not to cast Latinos

Latinos in Hollywood
Lorenzo James Henrie plays Chris, the son of Liza Ortiz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) in “Fear the Walking Dead,” but he’s not Latino. (Frank Ockenfels 3 / AMC via Los Angeles Times)



By Hector Becerra

(Feb. 27, 2016 | Los Angeles Times) - In Hollywood, there is no Magical Latino.

That honey-tongued Mexican American dude who can help the white guy with his golf game while, more important, imparting life lessons before disappearing over the horizon? He doesn't exist. That Salvadoran woman wisely guiding the "Chosen One" — another white guy — through an alternate-reality maze to his appointed destiny? You won't find her. Read more



Pasadena-based national Hispanic media coalition honors positive portrayals of Latinos in media

(Feb. 27, 2016 | PasadenaNow.Com) - On the evening of Friday, the 26th, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) celebrated its 30th year anniversary and honored outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media at its 19th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. NHMC promoted and passed out brown ribbons as part of #HollywoodBrownout. Read more



What it’s really like to work in Hollywood

By Melena Ryzik
(Feb. 24, 2016 | The New York Times) - The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.) Read more



Latinos may be the least represented in Hollywood

By Ma. Elena
(Feb. 23, 2016 | Latin Post) - Latinos are the least represented in Hollywood's film and TV projects, according to a research published this week.

The study, titled the "Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity," was conducted by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The research found that even though Latinos account for 17.4 percent of the United States population, the community is among the least represented in terms of speaking roles in film and TV. Read more



[DRAFT REPORT]
Latinos in TV network news 2008-2014: Still mostly invisible and problematic

Study funded by Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the Newspaper Guild. Click here to read the draft report.



Yes, Latinos are rising, but so are Latino nonvoters

(Jan. 19, 2016 | The New York Times) - Here’s the reality of Latino political power today: It’s not what it could be.

Even though 27 million Latinos will be eligible to cast a ballot in November — an increase of 17 percent since 2012 — the Latino population is becoming more distant from the American political process, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Read more



Donald Trump's SNL garners biggest ratings as protesters make noise

Click here to read the story (By Zayda Rivera, Latina, Nov. 8, 2015)



Still no Latinas at SNL, but will that ever change?

(Nov. 5, 2015 | CNN Money) - Amid protests demanding that NBC "Dump Trump" as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, Latino protesters are also shining a light on another issue: the lack of Hispanic cast members on the show. Read more



How journalists can change what TV says about Latinos

By Tara Garcia Mathewson
(Oct. 19, 2015 | Education Writers Association) - A study in the 1990s found less than 1 percent of the leading English language TV news broadcast stories were either about or related to Latinos. A similar study, conducted from 2008 to 2014 by retired Kent State University journalism professor Federico Subervi, found there was no change in that number. Read more



Advocates for Latino community call on media to improve Hispanic representation

By Cristina Lopez
(Sept. 21, 2015 | Media Matters for America) - Prominent advocates for the nation's Latino community highlighted how badly America's second-largest demographic is underrepresented in the media during a September 17 Media Matters-sponsored event to mark the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. The panelists underscored how the media's nearly complete lack of Latino representation ranges from the dearth of Latino voices and perspectives included in English-language news to the absence of substantive coverage of issues that matter most to Latinos -- and how that underrepresentation is mirrored by underrepresentation in the government, which deeply impacts "the quality of life of the Latino community." Read more


Five reasons marketers must target U.S. Hispanics on mobile

By Lee Vann
(Sept. 10, 2015 | MediaPost) - In 2011, I stressed that mobile was a must for reaching U.S. Hispanics. Back then, few brands were proactively targeting U.S. Hispanics on their mobile devices despite the growing evidence that Hispanics were becoming mobile first consumers.

Today, a mobile strategy is an essential component of any marketing plan striving to connect with the 55 million Hispanics in the U.S. that spend over $1.5 trillion per year. Read more


Donald Trump gets earful in Spanish as Latino outlets air disdain

By Ashley Parker
(Aug. 26, 2015 | The New York Times) - Ricardo Sánchez, known as “El Mandril” on his Spanish drive-time radio show in Los Angeles, has taken to calling Donald J. Trump “El hombre del peluquín” — the man of the toupee. Read more


Related Stories
- Jorge Ramos equates Donald Trump to a dictator (Aug. 26, 2015 | The Huffington Post)

- Why are Latino children scared of Donald Trump? (Aug. 18, 2015 | The New York Times)


Latinos still owning key digital technology user trends

By Robert Schoon
(Aug. 18, 2015 | Hispanic Trending) - A 2015 study of Latinos' digital habits confirms that U.S. Hispanic consumers are still leading key technology and digital trends.

It was 2013 when Pew Research found that Latinos tended to own smartphones at a higher rate than the national average. Media researcher Nielsen called Latinos "Ahead of the Digital Curve" in 2014, after finding Hispanic consumers in the U.S. particularly tended to stream more online video and were more likely to use mobile devices as "second screens", among other key measures of digital habits that Latinos over-indexed for. Read more


Puerto Ricans seeking new lives put stamp on Central Florida

By Lizette Alvarez
(Aug. 24, 2015 | The New York Times) - When Manuel Hernandez, a teacher in Puerto Rico, looked at the reasons to stay home or to take a chance on joining the ever-growing Puerto Rican diaspora in Central Florida, it was not a hard call. Read more


Serving the needs of the Latina community for health information

By R. A. Yaros, J. Roberts, E. Powers, L. Steiner

Abstract

Latinos remain the largest US population with limited health literacy (Andrulis D.P. & Brach, 2007). Concerned with how local media can meet the information needs of underserved audiences, we interviewed Latinas who were pregnant or mothers of young children living in a Spanish speaking community, and surveyed 33 local health professionals. Findings are that Latina women’s most common source of health information was family and friends. They said they tune to Spanish television and radio programs, but gave low grades to news media for health information. Medical professionals agreed that Latinas generally get their health information through friends and family, and rated the media poorly in terms of serving Latinas’ needs. Since the data indicate that the local news media are not serving Latinas’ health information needs as much as they could, we offer recommendations to potentially exploit new technological affordances and suggest expansion of conventional definitions of health literacy.


Avoid being lost in translation with Spanish-language media

By Alejandro Alvarado Bremer
(Aug. 10, 2015 | Campaigns & Elections) - Univision’s Jorge Ramos graced the April cover of Time Magazine—the issue highlighting the 100 most influential people in the world.

Ramos, who was born in Mexico City, used his time at the podium during the magazine’s coinciding gala to demand the resignation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Some in the crowd were undoubtedly surprised to hear a prominent broadcast journalist pronounce such an outspoken view, but Ramos’ activism is not isolated. Read more

Related Article:
- Census Bureau reports congressional voting turnout is at lowest mark since 1978 (U.S. Census Bureau)


11 incredible Latina musicians you won't find on mainstream radio

(June 12, 2015 | Mic.Com) - When you ask most people about popular Latino musicians, you'll probably hear a lot about Shakira and J. Lo. Latinos, who made up 17% of the American population as of 2013, have a varied palette when it comes to music (salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, rock). Yet unless Latino artists make American-sounding pop, they're always relegated to Hispanic outlets and never the American mainstream. It was just this year that Juanes, the Colombian rock-pop superstar, performed a song in Spanish at the 2015 Grammys — the first time anybody had done so in 10 years. Read more


Univision Contigo launches annual citizenship campaign to empower influential Hispanic community

(July 2, 2015 | Univision PR) - Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, launched its annual citizenship campaign, to commemorate the U.S. Independence Day holiday. ¡Hazte Ciudadano! (Become a Citizen!), a campaign under the Company’s award-winning Univision Contigo empowerment platform, will educate eligible individuals about the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen, and guide them to resources that can help them navigate the process. Read more


Hispanic groups show unity, strength in response to Trump

By Moses Frenck
(July 1, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - The continuing blowback to Donald Trump’s comments that Mexicans are “rapists” and “drug dealers,” among other things, has grown to proportions Trump himself may not have anticipated, with pressure from Latino groups coming on very strong. Read more


'Jane the Virgin' and the efforts to attract Latino audiences

Image from Jane the Virgin


(June 5, 2015 | Kuow.Org ) - This week, the CW’s breakout hit “Jane the Virgin” was honored with a Peabody award. The comedy-drama series is about a religious young woman, Jane, who is a virgin but discovers she’s pregnant after a mix-up at the gynecologist’s office. Read more


Upcoming film set in East LA draws criticism over portrayal of Latinos

By Sophia Kunthara and Kim Baldonado
(Source: NBC Los Angeles | June 8, 2015) - As film crews strike the set at an East Los Angeles auto body shop, controversy in the community lingers over the film's storyline.

Eastside Cafe, an El Sereno community organization, has criticized the film with Eva Longoria and Demian Bichir on the acting roster, saying the movie perpetuates Latino stereotypes. Read more



Can you be a Latino politician if you don't speak fluent Spanish?

By Suzanne Gamboa
(NBC News | June 6, 2015) - The prospect that he might be a running mate to Hillary Clinton made Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro a target over his Spanish speaking skills, something that many Latino politicians are all too familiar with.

In a story published Thursday, Politico paraphrased an unnamed source saying Castro's ethnic background "may not be as effective in appealing to Hispanic voters as some believe." Read more



James M. McNamara: “Big Media Has Not Been Friendly to Hispanics Because it is All About Preserving the Status Quo”

(April 20, 2015 | Portada) - James M. McNamara, Chairman of Panamax Films and Pantelion Films, will be a keynote speaker at AHAA's Annual Conference next week. Portada interviewed Mc Namara ahead of this speaking engagement to ask him about the evolution of the marketplace, motion picture marketing, TV Everywhere . . . Read more



Poverty, fertility and health among Hispanics in America’s new immigrant destinations

(March 26, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - Nearly a quarter of all babies born in the United States are now Hispanics, yet many of these newborns start life’s race behind the starting line, poor and disadvantaged. This issue might seem relevant only to longstanding metropolitan gateways for new immigrants, such as San Diego, New York, Chicago and Miami. But today it matters for rural areas and small towns as well, because new immigrants have spread out all over the United States. Read more



Hispanics at the starting line: Poverty among newborn infants in established gateways and new destinations

By Daniel T. Lichter, Scott R. Sanders and Kenneth M. Johnson

Abstract
Source: Social Forces (2015) doi: 10.1093/sf/sov043 First published online: February 24, 2015

High rates of Hispanic fertility raise an important question: Do Hispanic newborn babies start life's race behind the starting line, poor and disadvantaged? To address this question, we link the newborn infants identified with the new fertility question in the 2006–2010 American Community Survey (ACS) to the poverty status of mothers. Our results document the disproportionately large share (40 percent) of Hispanic babies who are born into poverty. The prospect of poverty is especially high in new Hispanic destinations, especially those in rural areas. For Hispanic newborn babies, poverty cannot be reduced to supply-side explanations that emphasize maladaptive behavioral decision-making of parents, that is, nonmarital or teen childbearing, low educational attainment, acquisition of English language skills, or other dimensions of human capital. Hispanics in new destinations often start well behind the starting line—in poverty and with limited opportunities for upward mobility and an inadequate welfare safety net. The recent concentration of Hispanic poverty in new immigrant destinations portends continuing intergenerational inequality as today's newborn infants make their way to productive adult roles.


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