This book examines Latino news making as part of a larger narrative - the cultural productions and conceptions of Latinos. The author traces historical and commercial contexts of Latino orientated news production, beginning with late 19th century and early 20th century US Spanish language newspapers, examines the production of contemporary Latino news, and postulates future developments in the field.

Introduction: What is Latino News?

Introduction: What is Latino news?

The production of Latino journalism—news that is purposefully and strategically created for U.S. residents of Latin American descent—symbolically denationalizes Latinos as it renationalizes them as U.S. Hispanics. Latino-oriented news does not melt or displace Latino cultures into the culture of the majority, dominant society, however. Rather, Latino newsmaking creates a detailed symbol system, a daily capsule of reality in which Latinos are seemingly everywhere: among the victims and witnesses of the Oklahoma City bombing, in Congress and city halls, in the professions as well as in the fields and factories. The Latino news world prominently includes Latin America. The making of this social or public knowledge (Hall, 1979, p. 340; Schudson, 1995, p. 3), cultural and ...

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