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.

Nationhood, Nationalism, and Ethnicity in the Making of U.S. Latino News

Nationhood, Nationalism, and Ethnicity in the Making of U.S. Latino News

Nationhood, nationalism, and ethnicity in the making of U.S. Latino news

The production of Latino-oriented news symbolically denationalizes its intended audience as it renationalizes them as U.S. Hispanics.1 In this way, the journalists' professional journalistic ethic responds to the commercial imperative of U.S. Latino panethnicity discussed in Chapter 4. At the same time, Latino news explicitly rejects the dominant model of U.S. immigrant assimilation. Latino-oriented journalists—in English, in Spanish, and bilingually—displace the melting pot metaphor of U.S. nationhood, asserting instead that U.S. residents of Latin American descent have needs and interests distinct from those of the general market news audience—and that it is their professional responsibility as journalists to address those particular concerns.

Yet, Latino news ...

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