October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.
While Puerto Rico suffers after Hurricane Maria, much of the U. S. media (FiveThirtyEight not excepted) has been occupied with other things: a health care bill that failed to pass, a primary election in Alabama, and a spat between the president and sports players, just to name a few. Last Sunday alone, after President Trump’s tweets about the NFL, the phrase “national anthem” was said in more sentences on TV news than “Puerto Rico” and “Hurricane Maria” combined.
Dancer-creator Chachi Gonzales is bringing her acting chops to YouTube Red. Gonzales, 21, who rose to fame for winning the MTV‘s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2011, will star in a romantic comedy series for the subscription service called Long Distance. Produced by the Latino-leaning digital media company Mitú, Long Distance is about the struggles of a long distance relationship between a Los Angeles social media manager (Gonzales) and her Chicago-based boyfriend (played by the actor Cayden Boyd).
Reporting from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been one of the toughest assignments for journalists, as the island is grappling with damaged infrastructure, limited commercial flights and spotty electricity and cell service. And yet, nearly every major American English and Spanish-language broadcast, cable network and national newspaper have correspondents on the ground.
To Borja Echevarria, vp and digital editor in chief of Univision, the video was a prime example of how the broadcaster serves an audience that finds itself increasingly vulnerable in the Trump era and is often directly impacted by the headlines that come out of the White House. “This is a moment when service journalism becomes so important for us. We were talking with lawyers about what we should do, to the community about their problems and telling personal stories,” Echevarria said. “As any journalist, I love to get a scoop. I’d love to have a lot of insights from the White House. But that is not the No. 1 priority when I think about how to serve our audience. ”
National Public Radio’s Friday morning discussion of Beyoncé’s verse on the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin did not go as planned. The song’s title translates to “My People” and the “g” is pronounced as an “h. ” NPR’s Windsor Johnson on Morning Edition pronounced it “mee jhawn-tay. ” And Twitter was NOT happy about it.
International and Puerto Rican media have set up shop in the Puerto Rico Convention Center, creating a de facto newsroom in the same building where officials give press conferences and citizens look for resources. Aside from Internet and cell service, it is the place to find all government sources who will provide updates on efforts to help the 95 percent of Puerto Ricans without power, as well as the thousands without food, water, fuel and medical help.
56 (or 25 percent of all) first-time hires in the 2016-17 season were ethnic minorities, up from 24 (15 percent) in the 2015-16 season;* 73 (32 percent) were women — up from 38 (24 percent) the prior season, and 18 (8 percent) were female minorities, up from 6 (3. 8 percent);
Azteca America, beIN Sports, ESPN, Fox, Fusion TV, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network have announced that they are joining forces in support of the victims of the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas for the first time ever. Part of Univision Communications (UCI) “Unidos por los Nuestros” campaign supporting the American Red Cross, the sports broadcasters will air more than 10 hours of Liga MX soccer action as well as special programming, in English and Spanish, encouraging viewers to donate funds for disaster relief. Live coverage began at 6pm ET/3 p. m. PT on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p. m. ET and 3 p. m. PT today, Wednesday, September 27.
The debate will begin by analyzing media attacks against Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Bolivian President Evo Morales. Scholars and journalists from the region will also participate, including Argentine political scientist Atilio Boron and Bolivian lawyer and journalist Hugo Moldiz. It will also include presentations by teleSUR director Patricia Villegas and CubaDebate director Randy Alonso.
Entravision Communications Corporation announced that it has promoted Erin Voden to Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions in Washington, D. C. , effective immediately. Voden will report to Lilly Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions at Entravision. Her responsibilities primarily include overseeing and growing sales for the company’s television and online media properties and operations serving the Washington, D. C. market.
The Univision Creator Network (UCN) launched five digital shows for the new Facebook platform for shows, Watch, featuring hugely popular Hispanic creators in scripted comedy series. The Univision Creator Network is the No. 1 U. S. Hispanic focused multi-channel network on YouTube across U. S. based influencers. UCN garnered over 400 million global views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram in August. (Source: YT Analytics and Tubular Labs)
Podcast Launch Builds on Univision News’s ongoing strategy of digital innovation, designed to provide Spanish speakers with top quality content via new platforms and formats, “Mejor Vete, Cristina” is now available on Uforia Audio On Demand, Audioboom, iTunes, Spotify, and Facebook Live
In addition, Sportsrocket’s proprietary digital platform will provide extensive media distribution for Univision’s in-house experiential marketing unit, including tournament highlights and social video creation.
Broadcasters Televisa and TV Azteca have renewed their TV deal for rights to the Mexican national team until after the 2026 World Cup, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced on Friday.
WBOC-TV is pleased to announce the launch of Telemundo Delmarva on Monday, Oct. 2. “Telemundo is the industry leader for high-quality Spanish- language content in the U. S. and worldwide,” said Craig Jahelka, president of Draper Media. “We are proud to partner with Telemundo to provide a vast array of Telemundo programming to Delmarva’s underserved Hispanic audience. ”
Sussy Ruiz has left her position as Assistant News Director at Telemundo KTMD in Houston. She had been in the role since December of 2016.
Telemundo network correspondent Edgardo del Villar is moving on to a new job with the company’s New York station, WNJU 47. Starting Monday, October 23, he’ll co-anchor the 5 and 5:30 pm weekday editions of “Noticiero 47 Telemundo,” alongside Yaima Crespo.
Univision local television stations are delivering major wins across DMA’s and in key demographics. Leading the charge is Univision KMEX in Los Angeles, which year-to-date, is the No. 1 is the No. 1 Media Company in Total Day and Primetime among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. KMEX also finished as No. 1 in Local News among the coveted Adults 18-49 demographic. Through the first three quarters (January through September 2017), KMEX is the No. 1 Spanish-language station across key dayparts among Total Viewers 2+.
HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of its new interactive website, www. HITN. tv. The Spanish-language site offers Hispanic audiences access to a wide variety of practical information along with entertainment content oriented toward improving their quality of life in the United States.
Nuria Santamaria Wolfe knew a thing or two about creating her own path even before striking out on her own. In 2013, she took it upon herself to make Twitter aware that there was growth potential in ad sales that came by pursuing a multicultural strategy, a role she was more than equipped to fill.
Galavisión’s variety of family-first content has established Univision Communications Inc. ’s Spanish-language cable network as the No. 1 entertainment destination among Adults 18-49, regardless of language, for the twenty-first consecutive season. During the 2016/2017 broadcasting season, Galavisión also led among millennials and Adults 18-49 across all dayparts, beating cable entertainment networks Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, and Universo. With a median age of 36, Galavisión delivers the youngest audience in Spanish-language cable primetime (7 p. m. to 11 p. m. ), including broadcast networks, Azteca America and Estrella TV. Galavisión family first programming delivered more Adult 18-34 viewers across all dayparts than any other Spanish-language cable entertainment network.
Two top editors at the Onion, a satirical news site, have resigned and will leave the company next month, the company confirmed to Mic. Cole Bolton, the site’s editor in chief, and executive editor Ben Berkley told staff Thursday that they were stepping down from their posts. Chad Nackers, the Onion’s head writer who has been with the site for nearly two decades, will take over as the Onion’s new editor in chief.
Univision has gone even further, leaning on its team of 25 journalists covering the tragedy to feed updates into an interactive map that provides updates on damage. The network is also proactively connecting family members with loved ones via a database that compiles information on members of the Puerto Rican diaspora trying to connect with family and friends on the island (there are 8,000 entries so far). Using that information, the Miami-based news network is dispatching television, radio, and digital reporters working on the ground to set up phone calls or record video messages.
Univision Communications Inc. says it is wasting time and money to defeat a defamation lawsuit that targets an article on Deadspin, a sports website the company purchased out of bankruptcy from Gawker Media LLC.
Mediaversity was launched this past April as a passion project by Li Lai, a New York-based visual designer, who originally posted her reviews to Tumblr in December 2016. The site’s contributors review popular film and TV around 80 percent of the time, and lesser-known indie shows around 20 percent of the time. Lai, whose family is from Taiwan, tells The Verge that her social awareness is a result of “simply being alive for 32 years in this world as a woman of color and growing up with LGBTQ friends. ”
Telemundo announced it has raised more than $12. 9 million for the Red Cross relief efforts for the victims of the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands. Under the banner of "Todos Unidos" (All Together,) the Telemundo Networks, together with the Telemundo and NBC owned stations, raised more than $7. 45 million for those affected. As part of these efforts, Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo contributed $500,000 in cash. In addition, prior to this effort, the NBC and Telemundo owned stations together with the Telemundo Networks raised nearly $5. 5 million through multiple fund-raising efforts since Harvey struck Texas, including local phone banks in collaboration with the American Red cross and local Red Cross Chapters, as well as a national Red Cross Day.
Media and journalism associations in Bolivia are on alert due to a proposal to reform the Penal Code that is under debate in the country's Congress. They claim that Article 200 of the new Code, which provides for sanctions against professional misconduct, poses a threat to press freedom by opening the door to the criminalization of journalists in that country.
NBCUniversal/Telemundo and América Móvil jointly submitted on Thursday to the Mexican Football Federation bids for the Mexico National Team media rights, one for the United States, and the other for the rest of the world, for two World Cup cycles. The bids include rights to all men’s and women’s Mexico National Team divisions. The two companies joined in a strategic and commercial alliance that allows them to present an offer that will provide substantial value to Mexican soccer.
The Cuban Telecommunications Company (Etecsa) announced this Thursday, September 28 that residents will now be able to acquire internet access for home use. Previously, Internet in Cuba was not allowed in private homes except in the rare case of some professionals such as doctors, lawyers, journalists and senior government officials. However, private citizens of Cuba can now obtain Internet services — albeit at a high cost and rationed speed.
This situation, which is well-known, but of which many prefer not to speak, is the topic of the documentary ‘Entre batallas y derrotas’ (Between battles and defeats), created and directed by Gustavo Cabullo Madrid, who has his Master’s degree in transborder journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a television producer for the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ for its acronym in Spanish).
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But Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last week, just now seems to be gaining a fraction of the media attention that Harvey and Irma attracted despite the fact that the Commonwealth island is a U. S. territory and home to millions of American citizens. "The recent storms of Harvey and Irma, there was a lot coverage prior and during. . . . with Puerto Rico Rico we were all expecting to see more coverage," said Dr. Edwin Meléndez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City. "In all the shows, the coverage was not as extensive, such as the length and the depth of the coverage, the on-the-ground cameras. "
On Monday, Sept. 25, ABC13 and Univision 45 will host a non-partisan community town hall event at the University of Houston-Downtown about the program and what the president's decision means for the city and its residents.
Year-over-year, UniMás reported audience gains among Total Viewers 2+ (+17%) and Adults 18-34 (+2%).
Jarre and Juanpa Zurita, German Garmendia, the actor Ben Stiller, and others are looking to kickstart recovery efforts following the harrowing event, which has killed hundreds of people and left untold infrastructural damage in its wake. “This earthquake tried to push Mexico down, but instead, Mexico is rising,” Zurita writes in a just-launched GoFundMe campaign dubbed #LoveArmyMexico. The campaign, which he created, has already raised roughly $190,000 of a $500,000 goal in just one day.
The news out of Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria is, quite frankly, horrifying. The entire island could be without power for months. A crucial dam, the Guajataca, may be about to burst. Communication with the island is limited at best. There are many people still trying to get in touch with family, to make sure that loved ones living on the devastated island are okay.
Organizers of the Oct. 4th Hispanic Heritage Month edition of the Hispanicize event today announced a Latino Content Creators agenda that features brand and agency engagement opportunities, talks with top digital influencers and key workshops.
Unidos por los Nuestros gathered best-in-class producers, celebrities, artists and Univision on-air personalities spanning the entertainment, music and sports industries to raise awareness of the pressing need for resources in the aftermath of five major natural disasters occurring in succession over three-weeks and affecting millions of people.
The 30-day period between September 15 and October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and YouTube is taking some time to honor the hard-working creators in its community who fit that identity. It has launched an initiative on its YouTube Spotlight channel that includes multiple playlists dedicated to the content produced by Hispanic and Latino creators, including Lele Pons, Eric Ochoa, and Bethany Mota.
She had been in the role since December 2015 – joining the U. S. government run TV Martí, Radio Martí and Martinoticias. com a year after a company restructuring forced her out as VP and Station Manager of Univision Puerto Rico.
She’ll be providing strategic marketing guidance and support to NBC and Telemundo station brand directors and lead strategic development and management of all division-wide initiatives and tent pole events.
Azteca America, beIN SPORTS, ESPN, FOX, FUSION TV, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network today announced that they are joining forces for the first time ever in support of the victims of the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas. Part of Univision Communications Inc. ’s (UCI) “Unidos por los Nuestros” campaign supporting the American Red Cross, the sports broadcasters will air more than 10 hours of Liga MX soccer action as well as special programming, in English and Spanish, encouraging viewers to donate funds for disaster relief. Live coverage starts at 6pm ET/3pm PT on Tuesday, September 26 and 6pm ET/3pm PT on Wednesday, September 27.