Media Report – March 1st 2010

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COVERAGE OF LATINOS

Although the Hispanic community is receiving news coverage in major media outlets, the information listeners and readers receive is often “event-driven,” with Hispanics just one of many elements.

An analysis by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Hispanic Center covering Feb. 9-Aug. 9, 2009, found that 18% of the stories studied (645 out of 34,452) “contained substantial references to Hispanics.

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court gained the most news coverage, followed by the Mexican Drug War, H1N1 outbreak and Immigration.

For the full report visit journalism.org.

NAHJ DEADLINE

Deadline to apply for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists student projects and student campus at the annual NAHJ convention has been moved to March 31.

This year’s convention will run June 23-26 in Denver. Students selected for the student projects will work with professional journalists to produce multimedia reports. Students who would like to learn more
about careers in journalism, especially freshmen and sophomores who haven’t had internship experience, should apply for the student campus. It allows them to gain journalism training, and participate in tours and
mock press conferences.

While applying for the student projects or campus, they can also apply online for various scholarships funded through the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Those who are majoring in broadcasting or print journalism may apply. Each scholarship has its individual requirements. They range from $1,000 to $5,000.

To apply for student projects or scholarships, visit NAHJ.org

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Editor’s note: This column was previously published on Hispanic Link News Service.

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