Covering Latino Communities in the U.S.
The goal of this course is for students to better understand the role Latinos play, and have played, in U.S. culture, economy and society, and to identify their varied topics of interest and their needs.
Recent projections indicate that Latinos will account for about 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050. Contrary to popular belief, growth is coming from the U.S.-born population and not from immigration.
Complex and diverse, the U.S. Latino community has also been growing in influence and political power in the past few decades. Still, there is plenty of stereotyping in mainstream media and a general lack of nuanced and sophisticated coverage of Latino communities.
What constitutes Latino identity in America? What are the similarities and differences between Latino communities across the country? Students will report and produce stories focused on issues facing diverse Latino communities in New York.
The Hispanic Media Landscape
Students in this course will map out the U.S. Hispanic media landscape today. They will study the history of Spanish-media publications in the U.S. They will look at the lack of Latino representation in the newsrooms across the U.S. and suggest ways of increasing diversity. They will identify the different news media needs of Latino audiences and suggest how to best serve them.
Traditional Hispanic media outlets in the U.S. are struggling to survive. Latinos are growing in demographic, cultural and political influence but a majority of them turn to non-Hispanic media outlets for news.
Several attempts from English-language mainstream media to capture Latino audiences have failed in the past few years. At the same time, given the growing political weight of the Latino minority in America, their media have an increasingly important role to play in the country.
There is ample room (and an urgent need) for new outlets. English-language media companies such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Guardian have recently launched Spanish-language initiatives to expand their global outreach. More bilingual journalists are needed to cover Latino stories, which are increasingly significantly.
Investigative Reporting in U.S. Latino Communities
The financial and time constraints the news business faces today have made investigative reporting almost non-existent in the U.S. Spanish-language media. At the same time, there is almost no investigative reporting about Latino topics or communities by English-language media.
This course will equip students with the tools and skills necessary to produce hard-hitting investigative pieces addressing the information needs of Latinos in the country.