What is going on with Hispanic Media in the U.S.?

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From tpnn.com

In the past decade, media has exploded! People get their news from papers, television, and mobile devices, which makes the competition so much harder. In the country as of 2013, Hispanics make up for 17% of the nations population at 54 million. Additionally, in the first decade of the century, Hispanics made up half of the nations growth. With this market being so large, what media outlets target this group and what is their current state?

Due to the fact that most of the Hispanic growth is because of births and not immigration, the use of English by this group has increased dramatically. Currently, 62% of all Hispanic people in America are able to speak English or are Bilingual.

The use of Hispanic newspapers generally dropped or remained stable from 2013-2014 with a select few showing an increase in readers. However, both Telemundo and Univision reported an increase in viewers to both their webpages and their television broadcasts.

These changes track both the increase in technology as well as the the changes in the population in the country. However, it is important to note more than just the trends in Hispanic media.

Recently, Univision, a popular Hispanic media company, was battling American Businessman and Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in a 500 million dollar lawsuit. After Trump’s statement in June of 2016 regarding his comments about the Mexican immigrants, Univision decided that they did no longer want to air the Miss America Beauty Pageant, which is owned by Donald Trump.

Entertainment Weekly published an article with the following:

“While Univision claims its decision came solely in response to comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16, 2015 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency,” read a statement from Trump released to CNN.”

The network could not sell ad time during the program and was receiving calls from upset and angry viewers who were opposed to Trump’s Statements and the Pageant.

The lawsuit ended on February 11th. Both parties delivered statements that legal action was no longer taking place, however no details as to the results were released.

While it may not be commonly known, Hispanic media plays a huge role in our country.

Find the Hispanic Media fact sheet here.

Find the Entertainment Weekly article here.

Find the TPNN article here.

Is it acceptable that the HuffPost calls Trump a liar?

 

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The Huffington Post has recently declared Trump a liar and will no longer publish his campaign in their Politics section. In “A Note About our Coverage of Donald Trump’s “Campaign,”” published on July 17th of 2015, HuffPost declared the following:

“After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section.”

Since then, they have gone on to call him a flat out liar. As a source of news to a large audience, is that acceptable?

As a journalist, it is important to report the facts and keep personal opinions out of major stories. However, some publications provide stories that hide the whole truth of Trump and his “campaign.” I think that HuffPost opening up and sharing the raw facts is okay, and the fact that Trump is in fact lying means that the journalists are not imposing their own opinions.

In a Poynter article written by Benjamin Mullin, the reason as to why HuffPost called Trump a liar was explored. In an interview with Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, Grim stands by the reasoning that they were only sharing facts.

In response to the question, “Does this interfere with your ability to provide fair coverage of Trump’s campaign?” Grim responded with, “Not at all. Why would it? These are merely statements of fact.”

So if Huffington Post is not imposing their own opinions, and merely sharing facts, then calling Trump a liar must be acceptable.

What do you think?

Find the HuffPost article here.

Find the Poynter article here.

Why does the media show graphic images of children?

Since the creation of photography in the 1800s, still images have been used as a way to share information without words. When you think about it, photographs are amazing things. They are universally understood and they do not face the obstacles of language barriers. Hence the reason they are now often used in the media. They carry a message that will be understood by many readers.

However, when thinking about what stories are reported on in the news, photographs must be considered. Throughout history, images of children have been used to show disasters. The question that I am exploring today is: why?

Let’s consider a commonly know image, “The Terror of War,” otherwise known as Napalm Girl. This image taken by Nick Ut shows the effects of the Napalm attacks in Vietnam. However, the image does not show a victim’s burns or an image of the bombing itself, but rather it shows a group of children fleeing the scene. Specifically Phan Thi Kim Ph’uc, who is pictured running naked away from a cloud of smoke.

According to Kenneth Irby, a writer for poynter.org, the photos of children, although disturbing, have a purpose.

“When children are harmed, abused or neglected, the world gasps collectively — sometimes mobilizing to action. Such visceral stories are often best reported in words, sound and pictures,” he said.

So, according to Irby, the reason for publishing sometimes controversial or graphic images of children is to provoke a response. When analyzed more deeply, that makes sense.

A current pressing issue in our world today is the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Personally, I think it is important to point out that these people are not migrants, they are not leaving their home because they want to. They are refugees. They are being forced out of their home because of unsafe living conditions. Part of the issue is how they are represented in the media.

A recent photograph has become the topic of many conversations around the globe. The image is of a young 3-year-old boy that had washed up on a beach in Turkey. His name was Aylan Kurdi and he was a refugee who was one of five children killed while traveling to safety in a Greek Smuggler’s boat.

David Folkenflik, a writer for npr.org, explored the topic of the media coverage for this issue. During his research, he spoke to Keith Jenkins, the general manager for National Geographic Digital.

Jenkins said, “Taking a step back and thinking about the refugee crisis that has been unfolding for months, if not years, this felt like a moment in time that stopped everything and really said, ‘This is a turning point.’ This is a point where people may pay attention in a different way.”

For many, Aylan Kurdi is now a victim of a humanitarian crisis. The issue now has a face. Readers can see that real people, innocent people, are suffering. The idea of linking a relatable figure to an issue to inspire change is not a new one, and it has worked in the past. Therefore, the media uses these graphic pictures to expose the issues in the world around us so that the audience will become truly aware as to what is going on, and hopefully, change things for the better.

Find the Poynter article here.

Find the NPR article here.

Welcome

This blog has been created to explore the media and its affects on the world around us. While looking deeper into the stories that are presented to us on a daily basis, I hope to discover new ideas, and hopefully inspire people to make a change for the better.

This new and analytical look into the media will hopefully bring some hidden secrets to light. I hope you learn something new while you’re here. Enjoy!

~Ashley