Fernando Diaz and Silvia Rivera, local Latino journalists on the move

Latino journalists in Chicago are on the move.

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Fernando Diaz

Fernando Diaz has been named the new managing editor of Hoy Chicago, the Spanish-language newspaper owned by the Tribune Co.

And Silvia Rivera was named managing director of Vocalo.org, an initiative of Chicago Public Radio.

Both announcements were made public Monday.

Diaz was previously the community manager for news and opinion on this site Chicago Now. Before that he worked for the Chi-Town Daily News and the Chicago Reporter.

He also is a 2004 journalism graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

I have collaborated with Diaz through the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists and also worked with him on my blog at Chicago Now. (He graduated before I started teaching journalism at Columbia.)

I want to wish Diaz continued success in his career and look forward to the energy and innovation he will bring to Hoy in Chicago.

The Tribune Co. launched the Spanish-language weekly called ¡Exito! in 1993. In  2003, Hoy was launched as a daily in Chicago.

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Silvia Rivera

Congratulations also are due to Silvia Rivera. She was previously general manager at Radio Arte (WRTE-FM), a youth-centered Latino public radio station founded by what is now the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Rivera, a graduate of Columbia College in media management, has been recognized for her work with young women and in the Latino community. In 2007, she received the Chicago Foundation for Women's Founder's Award, and she is a founding member and board president of the Latino Public Radio Consortium.

Vocalo.org was started in June 2007 and is a Web site and radio station to foster conversation and open public radio to the larger community. The station welcomes the public to join the conversation and upload stories, interviews, and text to www.vocalo.org or by calling the hotline at 888-635-1112.

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