Category: media

In Mexico City, El Chapo and Sean Penn are a Hollywood farce

In Mexico City, El Chapo and Sean Penn are a Hollywood farce
MEXICO CITY – The faces of actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo have been plastered all over the newspapers this week in Mexico City. Castillo, a well known Mexican actress who played a drug queen in a telenovela, helped Penn arrange an interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman that was published in Rolling Stone... Read more »

Saturday Night Live: Where are the Latinos?

Saturday Night Live: Where are the Latinos?
I grew up watching Saturday Night Live and along with millions of others was eager to see the 40th anniversary show. I laughed at Emma Stone’s homage to Gilda Radner. As a kid I used to say it along with Radner, “Roseanne Rosannadanna!” I smiled at Wayne’s World. Party on! I loved the Weekend Update... Read more »

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV
President Obama is set to deliver a national speech on immigration during prime time Thursday night. As many as 5 million undocumented immigrants may be impacted, including the parents of U.S. citizen children. But good luck finding his speech on network television. ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t expected to air the speech favoring instead The... Read more »
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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 »