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SUMMARY: The Latino Media Gap report examines the state of Latino participation in mainstream media and the Internet with the goal of identifying challenges and opportunities to promote an inclusive media landscape. 


INTERESTING POINTS:

  • Latino population grew more than 43% from 2000 to 2010 but the rate of media participation remained stagnant or grew only slightly.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Latinos comprised none of the top ten television show creators, 1.1% of producers, 2% of writers, and 4.1% of directors. In the top ten movies, Latinos accounted for 2.3% of directors, 2.2% of producers, and 6% of writers.
  • Stories about Latinos constitute less than 1% of news media coverage, and the majority of these stories feature Latinos as lawbreakers.


DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2014


AUTHORS: Frances Negrón-Muntaner


ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS: The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) at Columbia University is the institution’s main interdisciplinary hub for the most innovative research, public discussion, and teaching about race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in the United States and beyond. CSER is also the home of the Media and Idea Lab, a novel program that promotes media research and the use of media as modes of inquiry. The Lab’s first project was Small City, Big Change, a policy brief and video, produced in association with Hispanics in Philanthropy. To learn more about CSER’s programs and download the full report, visit http://www.columbia.edu/ cu/cser/


The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) was co-founded in 1997 by actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia and Washington, D.C. lawyer Felix Sanchez to advance the presence and image of Latinos in the media, telecommunications, and entertainment industries. NHFA has concentrated on increasing access and expanding career opportunities for Latino artists and professionals while fostering the emergence of new Latino talent in all aspects of entertainment and telecommunications. NHFA also provides scholarships and outreach programs to Latino graduate students at eight universities with a direct pipeline into the entertainment business: Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, Yale University, Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California.


The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. Founded in 1999, NALIP’s mission is to promote, advance, and advocate for Latino and Latina content creators in media. NALIP is the only national organization committed to supporting both grassroots and community-based producers/media makers along with publicly funded and industry-based producers. Among NALIP’s programs are its annual conference, plus six other initiatives: Latino Writer’s Lab™, Latino Producers Academy™, Latino Media Resource Guide™, “Doing your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices” documentary development workshops, the Latino Media Market™, and the Latino Artist Mentoring Program


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