As the Latino population grows, so does the importance of how our stories, our struggles, and our victories are portrayed in the media. However, there are still huge discrepancies between the realities of our community and the kind of stories that actually make their way into the national consciousness. Among many factors are the overall angles, characters and narrative lines the media chooses to feature, our actual participation in the discussion of said issues, and our own media’s role in perpetuating the wrong narrative.
For anyone who watches the news this unfortunately is, well, not news. Worse yet, it seems to be getting worse rather than improving. For instance, according to The Latino Media Gap, a report released last week by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and other organizations, stories about Latinos constitute less than 1% of news media coverage, and the majority of these stories feature Latinos as lawbreakers. Add to this stereotypes, biased reporting, exclusion of whole sub-segments of our population and many other issues, and you’ve got the recipe for a very faulty narrative.
So tonight, I’ve invited some top media experts for what promises to be a very interesting conversation!
Félix Sánchez, Chairman and Co-founder, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts
Michele Salcedo, Desk Editor, Associated Press
Join our conversation TOMORROW, Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at 7pm ET and use hashtag #LatinoMedia to send in your questions!
Watch it on Google+: http://plus.google.com/events/cva7ioqe134g76hdkmvco1o5u6s
Or on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MRv0YOxZag