Posts in category "media"

Veteran Latino journalist, Alejandro Escalona, wins Studs Terkel award

Veteran Latino journalist, Alejandro Escalona, wins Studs Terkel award
Alejandro Escalona is one of the four journalists receiving the Studs Terkel Community Media Award Thursday. Given by the Community Media Workshop, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the awards recognize journalists that do work in the spirit of Studs Terkel. Escalona is a veteran journalist with around 30 years of experience primarily in Spanish-language media in... Read more »

Three Mexicans win Oscars

Three Mexicans win Oscars
Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican and also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director. Cuarón’s film “Gravity,” a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, won several other Oscars in technical categories. But not everybody in Mexico was cheering for Cuarón. Some criticized him for not making enough films with... Read more »

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.
One good thing about not having the Internet is that people still buy the newspaper. That is what the director of El Comercio, Peru’s leading newspaper, told students and faculty from Columbia College Chicago when we visited the newsroom earlier this month. Only about 20 percent of households in Peru have Internet at home, said... Read more »
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We are the Nobles mocks class in Mexico

We are the Nobles mocks class in Mexico
“We are the Nobles” is the title of a new movie out in Mexico or in Spanish, “Nosotros los Nobles.” It examines the class system in Mexico where the wealthy shop at luxury malls and the poor struggle to buy tortillas. The story focuses on three rich and spoiled Mexicans who lose their fortune and... Read more »

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez shows us that one woman can make a difference. Sánchez, 37, has used her blog, Generation Y, and Twitter as tools to criticize the Cuban government and write about the struggles of life in Cuba. It is the first time the government has allowed her to leave Cuba since 2004. She... Read more »

Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced

Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced
Imagine you’re going to attend a trail that you read in the newspaper was open to the public. You’re a blogger and you want to write about the events. Then when you get there you are arrested. The authorities claim that you plan to disrupt the trial. You are held in detention for 30 hours... Read more »
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"Reportero" documentary in Chicago this weekend

"Reportero" documentary in Chicago this weekend
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. A new documentary, “Reportero,” shows the courage of the journalists at one Tijuana newspaper. It is playing in Chicago this weekend and the film’s director, Bernardo Ruiz, will speak about his work. The documentary chronicles the murder of Hector Felix Miranda, a columnist,... Read more »

What do Don King and The New York Times crossword puzzle have in common?

What do Don King and The New York Times crossword puzzle have in common?
What do Don King and The New York Times crossword puzzle have in common? They have both recently used insulting words to describe immigrants. The boxing promoter King used a racial slur when he referred to Mexican-American heavyweight Chris Arreola as a “wetback,” according to the Corpus Christi Caller. I shouldn’t expect more of a... Read more »

@MexicanMitt mocks Mitt Romney on Twitter

@MexicanMitt mocks Mitt Romney on Twitter
Twitter has been used for political satire before. Chicagoans will recall @mayoremanuel created by @dansinker. And in New York there is @elbloombito, a Twitter feed that makes fun of how Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks mas o menos Spanish. A new faux Twitter feed @MexicanMitt launched Wednesday makes fun of the fact that the Republican presidential... Read more »
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12 things to watch in 2012

12 things to watch in 2012
2012 The Year Ahead 1. The Latino voter – How will Latino voters influence the 2012 presidential election? Latinos are key voters in many states. Obama got 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008 but those numbers could slip as many Latinos are upset over his immigration policies that have resulted in more than... Read more »