Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pew Center Report: Hispanics in the News

Hispanics in the News: An Event-Driven Narrative
(12.7.2009) A study of more than 34,000 news stories that appeared in major media outlets finds that most of what the public learns about Hispanics comes not through focused coverage of the life and times of this population group but through event-driven news stories in which Hispanics are one of many elements.
From February 9 to August 9, 2009, only a fraction of stories contained substantial references to Hispanics–just 645 out of 34,452 studied. And only a tiny number, 57 stories, focused directly on the lives of Hispanics in the U.S., according to a media content analysis done jointly by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Hispanic Center, both of which are projects of the Pew Research Center.
Read the full report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

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Network Television Diversity Report Cards: 2008-2009 Primetime

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a national movement to change the face of television in this country. In 1999 – 2000, the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, a group comprised of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), the National Asian/Pacific American Media Coalition, the NAACP and the American Indians in Film and Television, persuaded the four major television networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, to sign unprecedented Memoranda of Understanding. Before these memoranda were signed, we saw much fewer people of color on television than we do today.
The Memoranda serve to diversify the networks’ workforce both in front and behind the camera and to open up procurement opportunities for people of color. These initiatives have incrementally increased diversity over the past ten years; however, the job is far from complete. In 1999, Greg Braxton, of the Los Angeles Times, wrote that out of the 24 new shows debuting at ABC, NBC CBS, and FOX, there was not one single person of color in a lead or regular role. Ten years later, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reports the following breakdown of film and TV roles for 2008: 72.5% Caucasian, 13.3% African-American, 6.4% Latino-Hispanic, 3.8% Asian & Pacific Islander, .03% Native American and 3.8% other/unknown.
Read the full story on the National Association of Independent Latino Producers, NALIP, site.

Internship in Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)

Internship position available
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)
(Spring semester 2010)
LLILAS is recruiting UT undergraduate students to work as interns during the Spring semester 2010. This internship is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees or working in Latin American affairs, international public policy, international education, as well as in any social sciences discipline. This is an unpaid internship and the commitment for the intern would involve 10 hours per week during office hours.
PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION: to provide support to a broad range of international initiatives and public programs organized at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated organizational skills. Demonstrated regular and punctual attendance at work and professional demeanor. Proficiency in Spanish and or Portuguese is a plus. Experience with electronic calendars, internet, printers, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Word and Excel a plus. Knowledge of the Institute’s mission and programs a plus.
FUNCTIONS:
o Carrying out internet-based research for public programs
o Supporting the organization of public events
o If the student is bilingual, translating documents (letters, articles, website info)
o Running errands on campus, mail processing & delivery
The interns should be ready to start in the first week of classes of the spring semester 2010.
TO APPLY PLEASE SEND A COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO: Paloma Diaz by e-mail,

between now and January 10, 2010 (We do encourage early applications). If you have any questions please contact us by email or by telephone: 232-2415 or p.diaz@austin.utexas.edu