Making Latino News: Race, Language, Class


América Rodriguez

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  • Part I: History and Context

    Part II: The Production of Contemporary Latino News

  • Dedication

    For Max and Rigo, with thanks for everything


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    Although I accept full responsibility for this work, it has been a collaborative effort. First and foremost, I want to thank the Latino journalists and media professionals who gave me hours of their time: Maria Celeste Arraras, Roxana Boglio, Luis Calle, Milagros Carrasquillo, Berta Castañer, Mayola Delgado, Debbie Durham, Alfredo Estrada, Alina Falcon, Gustavo Godoy, Manny González, Barbara Gutiérrez, Armando Guzman, Ken Hansely, James García, Gustavo Godoy, Christy Haubegger, Alberto Ibarguen, Edwin Jorge, Victor Landa, Lourdes Leahy, Patsy Lorris-Soto, J. Gerardo López, Maria López, Sergio López Miro, Guillermo Martínez, Lourdes Meluzá, Christopher D. Muñoz, Bob Oliva, Valeria Palazio, Gustavo Pompa-Mayo, Eduardo Quezada, Jorge Ramos, Patricia Ramos, Robert Rios, Maria Elena Salinas, Rosalyn Sariol, Javier Sierra, Rafael Tejero, S. Sandra Thomas-Esquivel, Nicolas J. Valls, Robert Vizcon, and Harry Whitman.

    I have been fortunate to be taught by superb teachers (thanks, Mom and Dad!)—none more so than Michael Schudson. Many years after my dissertation defense, I often find myself having imaginary conversations with him: “What would Michael think of this?” We don't always agree, but I am invariably enriched by his generous and exacting spirit. Dan Hallin often joins these talks, offering keen insight into political forms and structures.

    Mil gracias to Wayne Cornelius, the excellent staff, and the fellows of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies of the University of California, San Diego, my first academic home. The center's generous support was financial, intellectual, social, and collegial in ways too many academic institutions don't even attempt, much less exemplify.

    In Austin, many thanks to Ellen Wartella, Chuck Whitney, Susan Dirks, John Downing, Nikhil Sinha, Sharon Strover, and Karin Wilkins for their support, friendship, and good cheer. Max Stinchcombe's unstinting research assistance has been invaluable. The University of Texas at Austin, in various guises, provided funding for the field work for this project: the University Research Institute; a Mellon Grant, facilitated by UT's Institute for Latin America Studies (ILAS); a Faculty Research Grant, a subvention grant by the University Cooperative Society, and several smaller grants, all administered by the office of the vice president for research.

    The anonymous reviewers of my journal articles, as well as an early version of this book, have sharpened and deepened the analysis. Margaret Seawell, though not physically with me in Austin, has been very much present through the last phases of this project. Editing is inadequate to describe the wisdom and perfect pitch she has brought to this work.

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    About the Author

    América Rodriguez, formerly a correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), is Associate Professor in the Departments of Radio-TV-Film and Journalism of the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published articles on the history and marketing of the Hispanic audience and on the Latino news media in Critical Studies of Mass Communication, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Communication Review, and Aztlán, A Journal of Chicano Studies, as well as several mass communication anthologies. She received a B.A. in English and Spanish literature from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of California at San Diego.

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