Congratulations to the producers of “Latino Americans” and “The Bridge.” The two television programs were among the 46 winners of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards.

The winners were announced today and were chosen from almost 1,100 entries. The Peabody recognizes the best in electronic media for the year 2013.

The Bridge (Shine America and FX Productions)

This crime drama takes place on the border of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. It’s the story of two police detectives on opposite sides of the border who try to work together to solve murders in their territory. The show has shined a light on the hundreds of unsolved murders of Mexican women on the border.

Peabody judges praised the show for “rare, nonstereotypical depiction of two cultures.”

 

Latino Americans (PBS -WETA, Latino Public Broadcasting,Bosch & Company, ITVS)

From PBS: The Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States. It is a story of people, politics, and culture, intersecting with much that is central to the history of the United States while also going to places where standard U.S. histories do not tend to tread. Narrated by Benjamin Bratt.

The Peabody judges said “A revelation no doubt for many viewers…”

 

For more the list of winners go to The Peabody Awards. 

More sources: PBS 

This infographic gives tells you which social media platforms are  popular among Hispanics. More than 600 Hispanics were surveyed and here are the results.

  • Which social media sites do you use?
  • What kind of information are you willing to share on social media?
  • More careful about online privacy.
Hispanics Love Social Media

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

During the holidays, I watched a lot of news programs and talk shows.  I concluded AGAIN that Latinos are no where to be found.

Watch most national news shows, talk shows and morning shows and you won’t see any Latino on-air talent. That goes for cable too.

Clarification–I’m talking about permanent on-air Latino talent on the news desk like on Good Morning America or 60 Minutes. I know there are  a few Latino correspondents at ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN, but not on the anchor desk. That’s where we need change.

It reminds me of the late 1960′s and 70′s when I was a kid.  No Latinos were on TV then. But this is 2014? Everyone talks  and writes about “diversity” and even major media companies claim they want “diversity”, but let’s be real, there isn’t such a thing on television.

How can we as Latinos be 50 million strong in the U.S. and still be ignored by the major news outlets. How can we still not be the lead players on some of these networks?

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE SNL CONTROVERSY

We should learn a big lesson on “change” from the African-American community.  Saturday Night Live will soon add a black woman to the group of SNL’s 16 featured players. Why? Because African-Americans complained there were no black women on the show.

African-American women spoke up on television and spoke out on social media. Finally NBC and SNL’s creator, Lorne Michaels could not ignore the issue.  Gothamist reported SNL had secret auditions.  Comedian Gabrielle Dennis even tweeted a photo.  A black female is expected to join the SNL cast in 2014.

Maybe Michaels will think about adding a Latino/Latina in this decade.

CHANGE STARTS WITH YOUR VOICE

We as Latinos cannot complain if we don’t do our part, and if we don’t speak up loud and clear.  Your voice, your emails, your social media posts can go directly to the company and the head honchos that need to hear from you.

The power is in your hands. It’s time for change in 2014.

Which shows are in need of Latino representation? That’s coming in future blogs.

Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy-award winning freelance reporter. She’s also TV commentator and news consultant based in Dallas, Texas. 

Photo Courtesy:  Telemundo 39 Facebook

Photo Courtesy:
Telemundo 39 Facebook

Kudos to the promotions department at the Telemundo station in Dallas/Fort Worth. This year they came up with a great idea for a Christmas promo.

The station shot a music video “En esta Navidad” for their holiday promo. The singers were all news reporters, anchors and entertainment talent. It looked like they had a lot of fun during the shoot.

The song is now on iTunes. Telemundo 39 plans give some of the money raised to a charity that helps the needy in Guatemala.

It’s a nice video, nice message and definitely a great way to raise money for a cause. Good job Telemundo 39!

 

 

 

 

We got a great laugh today when we saw this YouTube video on the upcoming Latina Christmas Special in Hollywood. There’s nothing like Latina comedy about Christmas.

What’s the Latina Christmas Special?

Here’s what they shared on their website:

Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told in one-woman show format by Latina comedians, SANDRA VALLS, DIANA YANEZ and MARIA RUSSELL. These independent funny ladies have put together a show that is sure to become a holiday tradition for many Los Angelinos.

Valls, a Mexican America from Laredo, Texas – Yanez, a Cuban American from Miami – and Russell, the daughter of an over-dedicated Mexican mother and compliant Lithuanian father share their sassy tales of the season as first generation Americans.

A treat for adults of all ages as well as some youngins who don’t mind the occasional strong language. In today’s climate of diversity and the Hispanic situation, these powerful storytellers bring an enticing element of truth to their performances that is at once refreshing, real, and uniquely American with picante sauce.

Each share their own quirky Christmas experiences of growing up in Latino families within their American homes that will brighten your holiday as well as fill you up with laughter, cheer and love of the immigrant situation.

TICKETS ON SALE

Need a break from all the Christmas shopping and parties?  This show is just the break you’ll need for a good laugh.

For tickets follow this link>>Tickets here

Thank you to everyone who sent in these job tips.  Please share these openings with people trying to find a job in journalism.  Good luck!

Live Producer needed @ Reuters

Reuters Television is seeking a senior television journalist to run the LIVE News desk within our established Washington bureau.
Location: Washington D.C.
Job info - Apply

Senior Online Content Writer needed @Reuters 

Reuters needs a senior content writer to deliver legal analysis and current awareness information for legal practitioners. The sr. content writer will research, write and publish timely legal analysis articles on developments in litigation, legislation and regulation.
Location: New York
Job info – Apply

Multimedia Journalist needed @ WMAR-TV 

Job description: ABC2 News is looking for an MMJ who wants to do more than just report news of the day, someone who can dig deeper and deliver hard-hitting investigations.  We are seeking a “hungry” journalist who is willing to chase down resources for the perfect story.  Someone who is willing to make dozens of calls in an effort to get to the one person they need for the story and score that “exclusive” interview.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Job info – Apply

Correspondent needed @ AP in Venezuela

Job description: The reporter/writer/multimedia journalist will be responsible primarily for spot news and enterprise in Venezuela with some additional regional responsibilities. The journalist will be expected to break news and also shoot photos and video, producing in traditional and new storytelling formats.
Job info – Apply

Senior Field Radio Correspondent needed @ KJZZ 

Job description: Researches, writes, edits and delivers news programming on statewide, regional, national or international assignments.  Exercises advanced and independent editorial and logistical decision-making duties, including, but not limited to, editing material produced by remote bureau reporters. May host news programs and serve as a special assignment reporter.   Application deadline – Dec. 11
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Job info – Apply

News Producer and News Reporter needed @ Fox 11 in Los Angeles

Job info – Apply

Internet Director need @ WAOW-TV  

Job description: WAOW-TV, the ABC affiliate, in Wausau, WI is needs a take-charge leader to help guide team to a future that goes well beyond traditional broadcast news. WAOW-TV is searching for a full-time Internet Director.
Location: Wisconsin
Job info – Apply

Texas State Capitol Photo courtesy:  TX Legislature Online

Texas State Capitol
Photo courtesy:
TX Legislature Online

Who is this Texas Democrat? No clue. But it sounds like a very interesting job. Please share it with someone who is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Good luck!

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:  JOB DESCRIPTION

Texas Democrat is seeking an experienced Communications Director who will be responsible for executing an aggressive media strategy. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years of communications experience, have excellent writing skills, prior on-the record-experience, must be able to meet quick deadlines and think strategically.

Responsibilities include proactive communications, generating earned media, drafting speeches, press releases, op-eds, and talking points, as well as maintaining an active social media presence. Additional responsibilities include growing email list, organizing tele-town halls, coordinating robo-calls, working on franked mail pieces, and sending mass emails. Individual will work closely with Legislative Director and district staff to amplify the Representative’s wok in DC and in the district.

Texas ties and knowledge of Texas media and political landscape preferred. Spanish speaker a plus.

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Two writing samples, including a press release
  • Send to: TXResume@mail.house.gov.

It’s no secret that Sunday Night Football gets a lot of viewers. On Sunday, September 22, NBC took the time to salute Hispanic Heritage Month. And producers did something clever. They put the names of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears in Spanish.

Kudos to NBC Sunday Night Football for acknowledging to its many viewers that Hispanic Heritage Month does matter.

This year we’re giving shout-outs to companies that are recognizing National Hispanic Heritage in 2013.  These are companies that celebrate the contributions Latinos have made in the U.S.

Today we give our shout-out to the Disney Channel and Disney XD!

Disney’s “This is Me” video series features Latino children sharing what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.  The short videos are being aired throughout the month between different Disney television programs.

 

Disney has done a nice job of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month for the past several years.  This company understands that the Latino community is part of its millions of viewers. More: TV by the Numbers

Just an idea, maybe next year Disney can have a huge banner on their website that reads “Disney Channel celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.” This way every visitor learns something new about us–Latinos.  Now that would be wonderful.

 

 

The Latino community has buying power. We all know that is a fact.

Latinos read newspapers and online, listen to the radio and watch television. They communicate in English, Spanish, and Spanglish.

Ads and commercials help the media pay the bills. But to start this buying power cycle first you have to know the Latino community.

A 2013 report says that Hispanics in the U.S. will spend more than one TRILLION dollars this year.

Photo Courtesy: GMA

Photo Courtesy: GMA

Ismael Cruz Cordova loved watching Sesame Street on television when he was growing up in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. It was one of his favorite shows even though he only spoke Spanish. Now the 26-year-old will be part of the Sesame Street family.

Cordova will be playing  the role of Armando or  “Mando”  for short, when the show’s 44th season starts next Fall. He told Good Morning America “It’s such a dream come true, slash full circle. And my first experience with television and watching TV was in Puerto Rico, and I only spoke Spanish. I learned how to speak English watching this show.”

Cordova was chosen among hundreds of actors who tried out for the part last fall. That’s when Sesame Street held an open call to find a new Hispanic neighbor for the cast.

Sesame Street is also planning to have more of a Hispanic focus on the show.  GMA reports Sesame Street will concentrate more on the Hispanic culture and heritage. Cordova adds “I think Sesame Street is a place of kids seeing themselves on the screen like it happened to me when I was growing up.”

Cordova will join Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado. The two Latino characters play Maria and Luis on Sesame Street. There’s also the character, Rosita who is a bilingual Muppet.

Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy award-winning freelance reporter based in Dallas.  She has 31 years in the business, including 27 in television news.  She’s currently the VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the VP of Membership for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  

 

Photo Courtesy: Jesus Chairez

Photo Courtesy: Jesus Chairez

Many of the bravest journalists today are those who work in Mexico. How often do we hear that one has been tortured and murdered?  Many live a life looking for the truth and end up losing their lives in the process.

One person I’ve admired for a long time is Alfredo Corchado. He’s the Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

On March 27th, Alfredo talked openly about his new book “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.”  He gave me his first interview on his first book and what it took to write it.

Alfredo was born in Mexico, and came to U.S. with his family when he was a little boy.  He realized at a young age that he eventually wanted to go back to Mexico. He never imagined it would be as a reporter.

When Alfredo was first assigned to Mexico, he promised his parents he would not cover the drug cartels.  He decided to cover immigration issues and the other Dallas Morning News reporters at the bureau could cover the drug cartel assignments.

But today the bureau is only one person–Alfredo. He admitted he has yet to tell his parents that he wasn’t able to keep his promise to them. They know he has written a book. His mother was a great help, because she kept many of his reporter notebooks full of information.

Here’s part of the March 27th interview I conducted before members and guests of the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter.

Over Easter he plans to sit down with his parents and tell them everything.  We wondered–will this book put him in more danger in Mexico? Find out what he has to say.

 

 

Alfredo has received several death threats, and has left Mexico for safer grounds. But he always goes back.  Why? Stay tuned for the rest of our interview.

Thank you to journalist Yezmin Ali Modad who shot the interview with her smartphone.

For your information–Alfredo’s book will be out in a few weeks. You can pre-order it. (AMAZON)

Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy award-winning freelance reporter based in Dallas.  She has 31 years in the business, including 27 in television news.  She’s currently the VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the VP of Membership for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.